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How to prevent obesity in pets

How to preventobesity in pets

Obesity in pets can lead to conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, digestive problems, cancer, and heart issues to name a few. It creates a shorter lifespan and overall poor quality of life.

Here's what you can do to keep your pet healthy and happy:

  • Talk with your vet.

    They can help tailor a diet to support healthy weight loss, while checking for any underlying causes for obesity or weight changes.

  • Get your pets moving!

    Use chasing toys and games like hide and seek to encourage your pet to get active.

  • Change starts from the inside.

    Provide a high quality food, and limit or eliminate treats and table scraps. Treats should be counted in the daily overall caloric intake.

  • Not too much!

    Remember that free choice feeding leads to overeating.Discuss with your vet how much food to feed your pet.

  • Make eating fun!

    Food toys release food slowly meaning your pet’s dinner will last longer, and they’ll be satisfied with less food.

  • Monitor your pet’s weight.

    Let your vet know that you want to drop by weekly or bi-weekly to weigh your pet. This tracks their progress and also creates a positive visit at the clinic or hospital.

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  • On an average weekday, pet owners spend 3X as much time watching TV and nearly twice as much time surfing the Internet as they do playing with/exercising their pets.**

  • In 2016, Petsecure paid over 6,700 claims for arthritis and diabetes.

  • An estimated 60% of Canadian pets are obese or overweight.*

*Dr. Jim Berry, CVMA **Canada's Wellness Report 2011