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Main Street Pet Care- Overweight Pets Pt. 2- October 8, 2013

Dr. Ben Leavens offers some suggestions for treating obesity in pets.

How Do I Fix the Problem?

 

·       Feed Less

·       Measure Food

·       Feed Special Foods

·       Healthy Snacks

·       Move Food

·       Water Instead of Food

·       No Self Feeders

·       Small Meals Frequently

·       Consult with Veterinarian

 

Why Weight Loss Programs Fail:

 

1. Metabolic disorder

If a metabolic disorder such as hypothyroidism is causing your pet's weight gain, diet foods may not always help. Before initiating any diet, your pet should be examined by a veterinarian to rule out metabolic dysfunction and disease.

2. “Reduced-calorie foods” may not be low in calories

Maybe you’ve tried giving your overweight dog “reduced-calorie” food. The trouble is, while this food may have fewer calories than other maintenance foods in the same line, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s low enough in calories to help your dog lose the excess weight.

3. Lack of exercise

Without adequate, consistent exercise as part of a weight-loss program, some overweight dogs may fail to lose weight, even if they’re on a low-calorie diet.

4. Feed your pet for good health

Don’t feed table scraps and high-calorie treats.

Place only a measured amount of food in your pet’s bowl each day

5. Someone Cheating  Neighbor?  Mom? Kids? Dad?

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