Preventing Pet Obesity

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1. Do not let your pets get fat in the first place. Starting in puppy hood, and continuing throughout their lives, limit treats table scraps and any other “extras” to only 10 percent of your dogs’ total caloric intake. The rest of their diet should consist of a well-balanced food made from healthy ingredients that takes care of all of their nutritional needs. Feed only the amount of food necessary to maintain a lean body condition and make sure your dogs are getting plenty of exercise.

2. If your pet is overweight, think of it as a chronic medical condition and not something that can be fixed with a short-term diet. Once you get him/her back to a healthy weight, you cannot go back to your old ways of feeding. Continue to limit the “extras” and focus on the quality as well as the quantity of the food that you are offering your dog. Since your dog will need to “watch the calories” for the rest of his/her life, make sure that the calories he/she does take in are not empty. Foods made from high-quality sources of protein, carbohydrates, fats/oils, vitamins and minerals are essential to healthy weight-maintenance and will ensure that your dog is getting all the nutrients needed.

 

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