What’s the latest hot topic with pets? I am afraid it’s the same issue with humans: obesity.
According to the Association for Pet Obesity, an estimated 59% of cats and 54% of dogs are overweight or obese. Obesity is defined as weighing more than 20% above one’s ideal weight. The good news is that this issue can typically be resolved with relative ease. How? I recommend a reduction in caloric intake as the first step in correction. It’s easier to do for our pets than ourselves, of course, as they must accept the portions we deliver to them. On the other hand, we can easily reach and repeatedly open the refrigerator door! (Smile) As a general rule, dry pet foods are higher in calories than wet foods.
We must take responsibility to avoid overfeeding our furry friends. Consider the following chart derived from www.petobesityprevention.org:
DAILY CALORIC INTAKE NEEDS
WEIGHT/PET: CALORIE RANGE:
10 lbs. of cat weight 180-200 calories
10 lbs. of dog weight 200-275 calories
In comparison, humans should consume an average of 2250 calories a day.
Your pet should have ribs that are easily felt and no sagging tummy! Sometimes we get so accustomed to seeing our pets that we fail to notice weight gain in a timely manner. It’s best to check your pet’s weight regularly and keep an eye on their physique. Contact your vet if you need assistance.