Friday, November 7, 2014

Tips to Help Your Pet Maintain a Healthy Weight

In an effort to raise awareness for National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, recognized on October 8, we want to share with you a few tips so your furry friend has the opportunity to lead a long, happy, and healthy life! Just like humans, pets carrying extra body weight causes stress to their vital organs and joints, and when those organs are overworked, it leads to disease and death. As you may know, an abundance of extra pounds can cause a number of adverse health effects, including:
  • Stress on the heart
  • Various skin disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Shortened lifespan
If you have concern that your pet may be overweight and in need of some slimming down, there are things you can do to make the process easier and more natural; in addition to a strict diet and exercise program try these tips to help maintaining your pet’s weight: 
  • Schedule specific mealtimes, and stick to them as opposed to leaving food out all day.
  • Never feed your pet table scraps containing fat and/or processed foods.
  • Feed low calorie snacks as between-meal treats.
  • Don’t feed your pet simply because he seems bored, sad, or finicky. We tend to eat when we’re bored, so does your pet. Instead, try play time (exercise) or snuggles and hugs.
  • Find a toy that your pet loves to stimulate activity. For cats, often a cat nip toy will do the trick, where dogs typically respond well to playing a game of fetch or tossing their favorite toy around.
  • Nutritional supplements can offer additional support when working to eliminate extra weight and curb hunger. There are weight management supplements for your cat, as well as the one found here for dogs. Both are known to boost metabolism and promote proper weight and good health, through supporting appetite control and the burning of fat.

These adjustments to diet and exercise, coupled with the appropriate nutritional supplements, will have your pet feeling fit and fabulous in no time! No better time than the present to get started- order your supplements today, and start taking the necessary measures immediately to ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life.

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