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Obesity

Have your veterinarian do a yearly exam. Then follow your vet’s guidelines on what to feed:

• There are many different types of food including prescription diets for special needs.

• Buy a high quality food, you’ll feed less of it than a low quality (cheaper) food!

• Cutting down the amount of regular food may be reducing needed nutrients. Your pet may need a prescription weight loss diet.

• Put your pet on a regular feeding schedule and measure how much you feed it.

• Table scraps are not nutritionally sound.

• Limit the number of treats your pet eats.

• Work with your vet to make an exercise plan and stick with it.  

• Different types of exercise include playing, walking, swimming, playing hide-n-seek with toys or healthy snacks.

What are the signs that my pet is obese?

• If your pet’s shoulders are not the widest part of its body.

• If you can’t feel your pet’s ribs.

• If your pet’s waist is not indented when you look down on it.

• If your pet’s abdomen does not meet the back legs at an upward angle (see picture below).

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• In cats, if they have belly fat that you can see or feel.

• Most male cats over 14 pounds and female cats over 11-12 pounds are overweight.

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