PetMeds® Overweight Pets

Back and joint problems, as well as metabolic problems of the liver, kidney pancreas (i.e diabetes), and heart are increased when pets are overweight Overweight pets are an increasing epidemic today, just as with humans. When pets are overweight, the potential health consequences down the road are many. Back and joint problems, as well as metabolic problems of the liver, kidney pancreas (i.e diabetes), and heart can occur. The two biggest factors involved with the obesity epidemic in pets is the overfeeding of nutrient poor carbohydrate rich foods/excessive treats, and lack of exercise.

It is important to realize that domesticated dogs and cats still need plenty of exercise, which their wild ancestors have every day. Not only does this keep them healthy but it keeps us healthy as well when pets and people can exercise together. It is important to feed appropriate amounts of a species appropriate diet that is low in processed carbohydrates, and high in good quality protein and ingredients.

If a proper fresh homemade diet is not possible, than a natural diet such as Nature’s Variety or Halo is recommended. I have not found the reduced fat diets sold at many veterinary offices are effective in weight control, as many of these are processed carbohydrate dry food based. I have also not found prescription medicines helpful for weight loss either in pets.

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  2. I just recently brought into my home a feral cat, got him neutered, shots, worms, etc. .He is obese and needs to be put on a diet however, I have 3 other cats and all their food water is in the same room . How do I restrict my over weight cat without restricting my other cats? I tried separating his food but he goes into room and eats all other food. I put other cats food up high and he jumps up there and eats. My other cats weight are fine. thanks

  3. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 3, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Best to feed cats at set times a day. Put food down for several minutes and then pick up. Dont leave food down for them to nibble on throughout day to avoid overeating, etc

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