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Article by Benjamin King

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Why are they overweight?

Most pets get too many calories and not enough exercise. Also, the industry is filled with pet foods that have low quality ingredients, are high in sugar, low in meat, and highly processed. That’s why over half of pets are obese or overweight.

What can I do?

Always consult with your vet first if your pet is overweight. It is important to establish their Body Condition Score (BCS) and be sure their weight is not a result of an underlying health issue.

1. Select the right food. Better quality ingredients lead to better nutrition. Be sure to select food that fits their needs and lifestyle. This part can be confusing—that’s why we are here.

2. Exercise. Diet is critical, but adding exercise can help that waistline shrink much faster. Make an effort to walk or play with your pet for at least 30 minutes to an hour each day.

3. Limit treats. Treats should only make up 5-10% of their daily calorie intake. Be sure to look at the calorie count on your treats and remember, it’s not the number of treats, it’s the number of calories that matters.

4. Avoid Table Scraps. Human food! Many overweight pets get part of our dinner. While the food in many cases won’t hurt them, it can keep them from slimming down.

Weight loss isn’t easy, it is a lifestyle change for you and your pet. The key is consistency. If weight loss is not occuring, increase exercise and consult with your veterinarian. We want to help our pets live a long and happy life.

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