What’s the harm in a few extra pounds? A ton...Excess weight on your pet can cause chronic health problems, including diabetes, arthritis, and kidney disease—and a 15% shorter life span! More than half of all dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese.
How does your dog measure up?
- Can you feel your pet’s ribs without too much difficulty?
- Is there a slight but noticeable indented waistline just in front of your pet’s hips when viewed from above?
- Do you see your pet’s waist from the side?
Body Condition Scale (BCS):
Tips to Keep your Dog in Shape:
- Pick up the pace. Get your dog’s heart rate elevated by walking briskly for the first half of your route—save the leisurely stroll for the return home.
- Move the food bowl. Make your pet earn his or her kibble by walking upstairs or to the far end of the hall to eat, or consider using a treat ball for an additional challenge.
- Give healthy treats like crunchy carrots or apple wedges (no cores!).
- Try several small meals throughout the day instead of feeding the entire day’s portion at once. This will help boost your pet’s metabolism.
- Keep track of how much you feed and how much your pet ate. If you have multiple pets, feed them separately and only when you are at home.
For more information, please feel free to call Pet's Friend Animal Clinic about any questions or concerns you may have at 408-739-2688.