Pets have no concept of the future, or of their health. Given the chance, this means that dogs and
cats will over eat whenever possible! Unlike humans, they don't have the conscience to tell them
that another treat will be bad for them.
Because of this, it's your responsibility as a pet owner to make sure you're regulating the amount of
food your pet is eating. Staying in control of portion sizes and any extra treats will mean that your
pet will stay at their optimum weight. You may think it's mean not to give your pet more food when
they beg for it, but it's much meaner to let them get over-weight and unhealthy.
Over-weight or obese pets can face the same increased health risks as obese humans. Diabetes, liver
problems and anxiety can all be brought on by obesity, and pre-existing conditions can be made
much worse. Despite these risks, pet obesity is a rising problem.
It can be difficult to determine whether your pet is overweight. Unlike the BMI system used for
humans, there's no universal scale to measure your pet up against. If you are concerned about the
weight of your cat or dog, the best option is to take them to the Vet. They'll be able to give you
If you've confirmed that your pet has a weight problem, it's important to take steps to rectify it.
When it comes to over-weight or obese pets, the bottom line is that the problem is usually down to
the actions of their owners. Cats and dogs eat what they are given, and you need to make sure that
this is an appropriate and healthy amount.
If your dog or cat is getting food elsewhere, either from scavenging or being fed in other people's
houses, get to the bottom of the issue and solve it. Remember: cats and dogs of optimum weight
tend to live much longer and happier lives.
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