Treatment & Prevention

Just like with weight loss in humans, it can be very difficult for Fido to shed those extra pounds. But his success doesn’t depend on what he does, but what his owner does. Only you, the owner, can make the right choices to ensure your pet stays happy and healthy.

Here are some ways you can take the extra pounds off of your pet and keep them at a healthy weight:

  • Choose your pet food wisely: look for those containing more proteins and less byproducts and other fillers, and be wary of ambiguous labels.
  • Avoid foods containing fatty ingredients: this can include corn, corn gluten meal, wheat or wheat gluten meal. You should also pay attention to the amount of non-digestible protein.
  • Give treats sparingly: they contain more calories than you probably think.
  • Try healthier treats: many animals actually like some fruits and veggies, such as carrots, cantaloupe, and apples.
  • Don’t give out scraps: human food is packed with calories, fat, and ingredients that are particularly unhealthy for pets.
  • Make sure they stay hydrated.
  • Exercise is key: walking or playing with your pet can be good exercise for both of you!
  • Monitor their weight: if your pet is having trouble losing weight, or is still gaining weight despite your efforts, you should see your vet to check for other medical issues that may be affecting your pet’s weight.

And, probably the most important thing to remember, LOVE ≠ FOOD!

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  • Advanced Auto Body
  • Baxter County Animal Clinic
  • Mountain Home Church of Christ
  • Slone Pet Clinic
  • Town & Country Discount Foods
  • Helaine Taglauer
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