Archive for August, 2010
Your pet’s weight—why should you care
Your pet’s weight is important; it plays a significant role in its health. The reason should you worry if your pet’s weight is more than normal is because overweight pets are usually at an increased risk of obesity, just like humans. Obesity in a pet leads to similar problems; it might make your pet more prone to conditions like diabetes, fatigue, arthritis, etc.
It leads to a whole class of problems; from cardiovascular to those affecting the bones and your pet might begin to age prematurely. Obesity ultimately leads to life devoid of good health and full of health problems. Unfortunately, but truly, overweight pets tend to have shorter lives. So you if you really want to have your pet around for a longer period of time, you should better care about its weight.
How to know your pet is overweight
You can do some simple things to keep a check on the excessive weight gain, and to know whenever your pet becomes overweight. Usually, the pelvic bones of your pet would have a little bump. If you observe that you can’t feel the bumps with your hand, without applying pressure, then your pet could be overweight.
Furthermore, your pet is also probably overweight if you can’t feel his ribs by gently rubbing his back. Carefully notice your pet’s physical features for some changes, like his abdomen, or waist. It’s not hard to figure out in case your pet is actually overweight.
Bring about a Weight-Loss
Making some changes and taking some simple steps can help your pet reduce weight. Of course, the usual first and foremost thing to do is to see your vet. Since you might not have figured out the exact reasons behind your pet being overweight, a vet may be of a great deal of help. Typically, the vet would provide you with an exercise regime for your pet, or suggest some changes in his diet.
A fun and enjoyable way would be to exercise together. Going out with your dog or cat, while you yourself are at exercise can work effectively. Let your pet out in the garden. Often, pets get bored by sitting around in the house and whiling away time. A sedentary lifestyle is not bad only for humans, but also for pets.
Sometimes even the regular playing out or taking your pet out along for a walk is not enough. In these cases you should make a routing for your pet, and try it to stick to it. Including a period for exercise can become necessary.
More importantly, choose food for your pet carefully. Understand the fact that even though fats are important and play a key role in providing energy, you should never overdo them. Consult a vet especially more on this topic. Furthermore, if your dog is eating well, don’t misunderstand that as a sign that it wants more.
Table scraps for a pet should be a strict no-no. Never let your pet have those table scraps.