Cut the fat!

The one thing most people want to get rid of after Christmas is those extra pounds from over-indulging over the festive season. This is also the perfect opportunity to think about the (ideal) weight of your pet…

Obesity is a widespread problem amongst pets. Overweight dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and even tortoises can be found in homes across the country. Vets report that over half of their patients are too fat. This is often the result of good intentions of people who spoil their pets to show that they love them. Unfortunately, this has negative consequences: However good treats taste at the time, they later create a huge strain on animals’ hips in the form of fat deposits. Being overweight can lead to joint problems, shortness of breath, liver damage, diabetes, heart and circulatory problems.
How do I know that my pet is overweight? You can see it, feel it and identify it in their behaviour. You should be able to feel cats and dogs ribs, hips and waist when you pet them. Ribs are visible in short-haired dogs of a normal weight. Overweight pets are often sluggish or even short of breath, have problems running and can be aggressive. There is only one solution – step on the brakes and put your pet on a diet with more play and cuddling instead of treats. Keep portions a little smaller and ask about diet feed at your local Maxi Zoo store.

Prevention starts with weighing. It is also a good idea to talk to your vet about diet before it becomes a problem. They can work out how many calories your animal needs to maintain their ideal weight. Dogs’ nutritional needs can vary widely depending on breed and life stage; a puppy and a senior dog will have quite different needs.

The best way to prevent extra pounds is exercise. It’s easy with dogs, with plenty of options including going for a walk, romping around and canine sport. Ensure you update your dogs’ toy selection frequently to keep their interest and play levels at their peak.

Keeping them slim and healthy is a much greater sign of love for any pet!
Call into your local store today to discuss your dog’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts.