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Does Your Pet Need to Lose Weight?
September 15, 2020

Far too many house pets are overweight. If your pet is looking a little too pudgy, it’s time to change things! Since obesity can cause other serious health problems down the road, it’s important to act fast. Use these tips from a Raleigh, NC veterinarian: 

Check with your vet. 

First, set up an appointment at your vet’s office to discuss your pet’s weight with your veterinarian. Together, you’ll create a weight-loss plan that’s tailored specifically to your pet. That’s important because your pet must lose excess weight in the right way—it can actually be harmful for a pet to lose too much weight too quickly. After you have a plan in place, you can move on to steps like those described below. 

Change the portion size.

Did you know that one of the leading reasons for obesity among pets is simple overfeeding? Don’t give your pet too much food during mealtime! And never free-feed your animal friend, which means leaving food out at all times for a pet to munch on whenever they feel like it. Scheduled meal times with measured portion sizes works far better. Consult your veterinary professional for advice on your pet’s ideal portion size. 

Upgrade the food choice.

If your pet is receiving a cheap, aftermarket diet that doesn’t contain the proper nutritional content, his or her health will suffer. And their weight will probably increase, thanks to the filler material and empty calories they’re ingesting. It might be time for an upgrade in the dietary department—ask your veterinarian to recommend a great diet choice that suits your pet’s age, weight, and breed. Your pet will thank you! 

Exercise your pet.

No diet plan is complete without exercise. There’s just no better way for your pet to burn off excess calories and get back to a healthy weight. So, get your pet moving on a daily basis. Go on brisk walks around the block, play with a tennis ball or a chew toy in the backyard, or romp around on the floor inside. However you do it, getting your pet to engage in physical activity on a regular basis is key for losing weight!

Do you need help with your pet’s weight loss? Wondering if your pet needs an upgraded diet or an adjustment in portion size? We’re here to help. Get in touch with your Raleigh, NC veterinary clinic today to speak with the professionals.

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