How to Keep Your Pet at a Healthy Weight

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There are a number of ways to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout the year: one of the most important things you can do is to keep your pet at a healthy weight. Just like humans, dogs should reach and maintain a healthy weight, as it reduces your pet’s risk of injury, certain types of illnesses, and improves their overall quality of life.

Benefits of a Healthy Weight

You can’t just put your pup on a scale; look at their body composition objectively to gauge whether they are being underfed or overfed. Different dogs have different calorie and energy requirements based on a number of factors. How active is your dog? Is the dog an active and energetic breed? A very active husky or golden retriever is going to require much more food than a more-sedentary

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uch as a pug. There are a number of benefits to maintaining your pet’s weight: it reduces high blood pressure,  the chance of certain diseases such as kidney disease, respiratory disease, some forms of cancer, and the risk for developing diabetes.

If you feel a little lost, contact a professional – such as a veterinarian – for expert advice. An overweight pet can suffer from additional pain caused by arthritis and joint pain, and excess weight can reduce the life expectancy of your pet by two or more years.

Ways to Manage Your Pet’s Weight

Certain measures can be put in place so that your dog can live a long, healthy, and happy life:

 

  • Exercise

Make an honest assessment of your pet’s health. Are they getting enough exercise? Are they overweight or underweight? Contact your veterinarian for a second opinion if you are not sure. A vet will have your pet’s best interests in mind, so don’t be offended if they call for action once you get to the vet’s office. If they are overweight, it’s not a failure on you as a pet owner: the situation can be remedied with exercise.

If your pet needs more exercise and less food, make it a family activity! Be more active! This will not just benefit your pet; more exercise will benefit you as well! Make a concerted and honest effort if you think that your pet needs more exercise. Remember: they rely on you for their well-being. If you are into fitness, find activities that both you and your pet can enjoy!

  • Diet

Different dogs require different types and amounts of nutrition. If you are at a loss as to what brand you should buy, consult an expert! Try to eliminate table scraps, high-fat foods, and other treats that may not serve your pet well. If your pet has open access to food all day and has been steadily gaining weight, we recommend a food dispenser or toy that can reduce the amount of food your pup eats. The recommended amount of nutrition on the back of many dog food bags is simply an average and may not totally align with your pet’s needs. Obesity is the number one nutritional disease when it comes to domesticated animals. Do what you can to limit your pet’s feeding habits if this is the case.

Closing Thoughts and Tips For a Healthy Weight

Exercise and diet are the two main components to a healthy blueprint for your pet. Keep your pet’s mouth clean, take them to the veterinarian regularly, and do not allow strangers to feed your animal.

If you live in Englewood, Alpine, Tenafly, or Bergen County, NJ, keep your pet looking their best with our professional dog grooming services! We can address other health concerns with your pet and check them for growths and warning signs as well. Call us at (201) 871-8484 if you want your dog to look as good as they feel!

 

 

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