PetMeds® Overweight Pets
|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.