NUTRITION AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
I can’t believe I ate the whole thing!
Wide on the side? More than a jiggle when you wiggle? Sway when you walk away?
Can you pinch more than an inch? If you can’t feel your pet’s ribs, and if there’s more than an inch to pinch, there’s too much fat on your pet’s bones.
Heavy isn’t healthy! Excess weight can be associated with health conditions such as:
- Respiratory problems
- Heart problems
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Skeletal stress
Nearly 60% of adult dogs are overweight or likely to get that way due to their age or activity level.
We can advise you before you begin your pet on a weight management or exercise program and answer any specific questions you might have about your pet’s ideal weight. After all, keeping pets the healthiest they can be, so you can enjoy a long and happy life together, is what we’re all about!
Is it time to join Dr. Deb’s “Calorie Counting Club” and Dr. T’s “You Can No Longer Eat as Much as You Please Club?
If you answer yes to any of the questions below, or if you think your pet is not at the optimal body condition, it may be time for us to help you develop a weight management program including exercise and a low calorie diet.
- Do you have difficulty feeling your pet’s ribs?
- Is there little or no ”waist” (the indentation in the area between where the ribs end and the hips begin)?
- Do you give your pet table scraps or leftovers?
- Is your pet reluctant to exercise?
- Does your pet seem to tire easily with activity?
- Does your pet waddle when walking?
- Does your pet keep eating as long as there’s food in the bowl?
- Has your pet been spayed/neutered?
Some feeding tips you can use right now to start your pet on the road to fitness and a healthy weight:
Totally eliminate table scraps.
That’s hard to do when those big eyes are pleading with you, but table scraps can add too many calories and too much fat to your pet’s diet. Go for a walk or enjoy some playtime with a favorite ball or toy. Reward your pet with extra playing or brushing time.
Consider switching to a lower calorie dog food.
Many of the light pet foods on the market today taste so good pets won’t realize they’re eating “diet food”. Watch out for additives. Make sure the food you choose is 100% nutritionally compete and balanced..
Always measure your pet’s food.
Many people don’t realize how much they are actually feeding their pets and simply fill the bowl each day. Buy an inexpensive plastic measuring cup and use that as a scoop to accurately measure how much food really goes into the bowl. Stop by ahc for your free food measuring cup!