Celina Animal Hospital

7100 Havemann Road - Celina, OH - 419-586-3109

 

Pet Obesity

12 essential tips for trimming down

 

  1. Establish a plan. Work with a veterinarian to design a weightloss regimen for the overweight or obese animal. Reducing a pet's caloric intake can be accomplished by switching to a low-calorie food and by reducing or eliminating treats and people food. Remember that changes in diet can cause changes in behavior. For example, low-calorie dog foods are usually high in fiber, so dogs may produce more feces and may need to be let out more often.

  2. Food given to the pet at its regular meals should be reduced in proportion to the amount of treats and table scraps provided.

  3. Instead of giving treats, play with or pet an overweight dog or cat when it begs for food.

  4. Finicky pets may also refuse to eat certain foods. Introducing the new food over several weeks, substituting a little more of it in place of the regular food each day, is often helpful when switching foods.

  5. Provide healthy treat options. For those of you who simply can't resist treating your dog or feeding table scraps should be encouraged to switch to low-calorie treats like baby carrot sticks and limit people food.

  6. Move the food bowl. Rotate the bowl between upstairs and downstairs locations so the pet always has to walk to a different spot to get the food. Keep the food bowl away from the pet's favorite spots to nap or rest.

  7. Don't use a self-feeder.

  8. Take overweight dogs on a brisk walk once a day, as long as they don't have a medical condition that contraindicates such exercise.

  9. Engage a cat's or dog's attention with something the animal likes to chase or play with for 10 to 15 minutes twice a day.

  10. Because it's important to accurately monitor the animal's food intake.

  11. Feed more frequent, but smaller meals. Divide a day's full allocation of food into several feedings.

  12. In multipet households with both overweight and normal weight pets, feed the overweight pet(s) separately. After a short period, put any remaining food away until the next feeding.

 

Canine Calorie Chart by Weight

Ideal Weight

Calories to feed per day

 

Ideal Weight

Calories to feed per day

10

210

 

55

820

15

270

 

60

890

20

340

 

65

950

25

410

 

70

1020

30

480

 

75

1090

35

550

 

80

1160

40

615

 

85

1230

45

680

 

90

1300

50

750

 

100

1430

 

 

Feline Calorie Chart by Weight

Ideal Weight

Calories to feed per day

8

150

10

170

12

190

 

These charts are only meant to be general guidelines. More specifics should be discussed with your veterinarian.

 

 

Information from Protector Magazine 2008 and www.petobesityprevention.com

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