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How To Help A Dog Or A Cat To Lose Weight

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How to help your dog or cat lose weight?

As a veterinary nutritionist, very often will find that a dog or cat is overweight. That’s when you have to start to take some action and work with your veterinarian on developing a nice plan so that you can have slow productive weight loss over time. We surely don’t want to have a crash diet situation, which can be detrimental to your pet.Things that you can do are to write down exactly what you’re currently feeding. Including both the specific food, manufacturer, flavor type, canned versus dry. All that information will be very helpful to your veterinarian. The other thing you want to do is record any treats, any table food, any chewable supplements; all of those things contain calories and need to be accounted for as well.

Things that you can do are to write down exactly what you’re currently feeding. Including:

  • the specific food,
  • manufacturer,
  • flavor type,
  • canned versus dry.

All that information will be very helpful to your veterinarian. The other thing you want to do is record:

  • any treats,
  • any table food,
  • any chewable supplements;
  • all of those things contain calories and need to be accounted for as well.

Should I not give my dog treats?

What I typically tell pet owners is that you want to plan for about 90% of the daily calories to be coming from your complete and balanced food, whatever that may be, and you want 10% of the calories that you feed every day to be left over as treats. I would never want to tell you that you have to take the treats away but you do have to make sure you’re feeding them in moderation.

How will my dog lose weight?

So, your veterinarian will help you choose the right product to help your dog or cat lose weight in a productive fashion. In the end, after choosing a product one of the things you probably would like to do, is getting your dog or cat more active and in doing so, cats like to chase laser pointers, they like to chase the little feather toys. So having a nice regimen of activity is important. And dogs it may be a little bit easier because you can get out there with your dog and go on that two-mile walk and it’s probably going to be just as good for you as it is for your dog.

We know that certain table foods are probably not appropriate like grapes and raisins and things like that which we know are toxic, so please work with your veterinarian when you’re developing this plan.