Tips to Tackle Pet Obesity

While it's great to shower your pets with love, it's not always a good idea to overdo the amount of food and treats you give to your furry friend.

Overweight pets can endure a number of health problems that we face, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and liver disease.

Obesity can also be extremely disabling, making it difficult to exercise and even walk a few metres at a time.

The Australian Veterinary Association reveals that dogs are more likely to have weight problems than cats, with those pets who are female, older, neutered and 'only' pets at greater risk of obesity.

To help your beloved pet live a long, happy life make a note of these top tips to prevent obesity.

No table scraps!

However tempting it may be to give your cat or dog the leftovers from dinner, it's likely not going to do their body any favours.

Stick to feeding your animals the recommended pet foods, according to their age and size, with serving sizes often noted on the nutritional label. Your pets need to follow healthy meal plans too!

Pound the pavement

Not only will exercise keep your pet lean and strong, it will also serve as great bonding time.

Shake up your walk routine often, taking your dog to the park, farmlands and for a doggy paddle at the beach.

Vet check

To check if your dog or cat is obese, feel around their tummy area. You should be able to feel their ribs without excess fat covering, and their waist should be clearly visible.

If your pet doesn't pass the test, take them along for a check at the vet. They may detect any early signs of health issues, advise a weight reduction programme and offer useful advice to help tackle the problem.

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