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).
• 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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