It’s Pet Obesity Awareness Week! Did you know that over half of our canine companions are overweight or obese? Of course, Fido doesn’t understand the dangers of obesity: he only knows he loves food. And, you probably won’t have much luck telling your pet about the medical problems those extra pounds can cause. Therefore, it’s up to you to keep your pooch from becoming obese. In this article from Westside Animal Hospital, a Savannah, GA vet discusses keeping your dog at a healthy weight.
Pay close attention to portion sizes. Even giving your furry friend just a few calories too many each day can cause him to pack on pounds! Ask your vet for specific advice.
As you’ve probably noticed, snacks are one of Fido’s favorite things. Treats actually are beneficial to dogs. They’re great training aids, and are a wonderful way for you to bond with your four-legged friend and make him feel loved. However, it’s important not to go overboard. Treats should make up about 5 percent of your canine buddy’s daily caloric intake. It’s also important to choose healthy snacks.
Begging is definitely a big factor in growing dog obesity rates. Fido has had a long time to perfect that soulful expression that is so effective on us. Don’t let that furry face sway you! If you absolutely can’t resist those big sad eyes, give your theatrical pet something healthy, like a carrot stick, instead of that piece of bacon he’s eyeing.
Proper activity is just as important for dogs as it is for people. Of course, every pup has unique activity needs. Smaller dogs may only require a short stroll around the block, while others may need an hour or more of activity every day. That said, most of our canine friends need at least a daily walk. Daily play sessions will also give your pooch a good workout.
Sometimes, dogs gain weight due to medical issues. If your pooch seems to be packing on pounds, but you don’t know why, schedule an exam for Fido right away. The sooner an issue is caught and treated, the better!
Please contact us at Westside Animal Hospital, your Savannah, GA vet clinic, for more information about your dog’s diet or care. We’re dedicated to keeping your pet healthy and happy!