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by Felix + Fetch
Pet obesity is serious and dangerous. Excess weight could lead to high blood pressure, difficulty breathing, arthritis or a weakened immune system. It can even shorten your pet's lifespan! Use these tips to protect your pet from obesity.
Did you know serving size applies to pets too? Check the back of your pet's food to see how much you should be giving them for each meal. There is usually a chart to make it easy. It is also a good idea to speak to your vet, because different pets have different requirements. For example, active puppies need more calories than an older sedentary dog.
Just like humans, pets need daily exercise. It is important to walk your dog and play with your cat daily, keeping their body and mind engaged. This benefits both their quality of life and their metabolism. If your pet is suffering from poor joints, adding a supplement such as our Joint Strength Chews or Salmon Oil will be helpful.
I know their adorable faces make it hard to resist, however giving your pet table scraps is not a good idea. In addition, there are many foods that can make your pet ill, so stick to pet food.
Treats are always a fun way to interact with your pet, however you shouldn't overdo it. One or two per day should be enough for an average dog. Cats might be able to have a few more if the treats are small. Make sure the treats contain high quality ingredients and aren't too high in calories. A healthier alternative would be something raw, such as carrots or string beans.
Check your pet's food to make sure it has healthy ingredients and is free from nasty fillers and additives. Cats should be fed dry food sparingly, and more wet food due to the calories.
The bacteria in your dog's gut is called the microbiome, which helps your pet stay healthy by digesting nutrients and defending against internal pathogens. If these microbiomes are unbalanced, it can change what nutrients are processed and how your pet gets energy. This leads to obesity. Try our Tummy Health Probiotics to keep your dog's microbiome healthy and functioning. Our probiotics provide a perfect gut flora balance of “good” and “bad” gut bacteria. Pick some up today!
We all want what is best for our furry friends, so follow these tips to keep them at a healthy weight and playing for years to come!