Whenever a pet is 15-20% or more over their ideal body weight, he or she is considered to be obese. Even though chubby cheeks on a pet can look cute, the health risks are dangerous. Hypertension, cardiac fatigue, pancreatitis, diabetes, colitis, joint problems, aggravated arthritis, and hip dysplasia are just a few of the risks associated with obesity in pets.
Tips to get pets to a normal weight:
- Avoid allowing your pet excessive food consumption.
- Check with your veterinarian about healthier food alternatives.
- Do not feed your pet table scraps.
- Limit the amount of food treats you give your pet.
- Take your pet for a walk.
- Play with your pet for at least 15 minutes twice a day.
- Provide interactive toys for your pet throughout the day.
- Consider a second pet for a playmate if you have a single pet household.