How can I help my pet lose weight?
Weight problems are common in cats and dogs, and can be successfully managed through changes in food or a nutrition program. Combining a change in nutrition with increased exercise is the most effective way of achieving a healthy weight.
Excercise tips for cats
Excercise tips for dogs
What causes weight gain?
Weight gain is a result of an increase in body fat. This is usually caused by eating too much, especially when combined with lack of exercise. But there can be other contributing factors too.
|Age||Older pets are less active, have less energy, and require fewer calories.|
|Breed||Some breeds are more likely to gain weight. These include Labrador Retrievers, Cocker and King Charles Spaniels and mixed breed cats.|
|Neutering/spaying||Clinical studies have shown that the basic metabolism of neutered pets is lower. Neutered pets actually require fewer calories.|
|Medical problems||Very occasionally weight gain is associated with a medical disorder that may require specific treatment.|
Is my pet overweight?
All pets have an ideal weight for their size and breed. Your veterinarian will be able to tell you what this is, and show you how to check that your pet is maintaining a healthy weight.
If you pet is overweight, you may notice some of the following signs: