We all love our pets and without perhaps realising it, we may be loving them to death. Sneaky snacks, an oversupply of food and a lack of daily exercise has made obesity the most common health issue vets see – and one that causes lots of serious medical problems. You’ll know your pet is overweight when you can’t feel their ribs, or they lose their waistline. A pet with a healthy bodyweight should have an hourglass shape when looked at from above, and you should be able to feel the tops of their vertebrae when running your hand along their spine. Overweight pets can be reluctant to play and can find exercise or movement painful. Swapping those unhealthy treats for a healthy, balanced diet plus regular exercise, has been shown to give your pet a longer and happier life.
STEPS TO TAKE IF YOUR PET IS OVERWEIGHT
Follow these three steps to help keep your pet fit and healthy:
- Maintain a healthy diet: Ask your vet to tailor a healthy diet for your pet and make sure to stick to it.
- Regularly exercise for your pet: Do something every day such as take your dog for a daily walk, play with your cat, rabbit and guinea pig and let your bird out to spread their wings.
- Get an exercise plan: Ask your vet to give you an exercise plan that’s tailored to your pet – remember that breed and age make a big difference to what you should and shouldn’t do.