Fat cat? Doughy dog? Our pets are getting fatter. When we first got Cleo, she was a little under weight. The vet told us it was likely due to the stress she had been under before and during her being surrendered to a shelter and our adoption of her. This was five years ago now. She is now clearly settled into her forever home, and gets regular meals.
Because she is our first dog and we adore her, sometimes we give her a few too many treats for every little trick or cute expression. Last year, during her annual check up with the vet, Cleo weighed 10 lbs too heavy. We were mortified. Fortunately after we cut back on her food, she dropped the pounds.
This alarm was our wake up call and ever since I've watched her diet more closely. However studies are showing that obesity rates are steadily increasing in our pets.
This guest post is from Peggy Frezon (Peggy's Pet Place) and she shares some great diet tips and tricks for both man and his best friend.
If your dog is overweight, you’re eating too much. This funny little saying certainly rang true for me. A few extra cookies for me…a Snausage or two for my pup Kelly. Next thing I knew, my jeans were too snug. And Kelly waddled when she walked.
If your dog is overweight too, you know how easily that can happen. Also, you probably know how to lose weight—eat less and exercise more. The same is true for our dogs. But that doesn’t make it easy. Here are a few tips that might help:
1. Measure Your Dog’s Food -- You know how you intend to pour yourself one serving of cereal for breakfast? And then one day you add a little more and a little more, and the next thing you know you’ve got a heaping mound of Cheerios in your bowl. (It’s just one serving, right?!) The same thing can happen when we feed our dogs. The vet told me that I should feed Kelly ½ cup of quality food twice a day. Without thinking, I was scooping in 3 or 4 times that much. Now I measure her food to be sure she is getting just the right amount.