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Is Your Pet at a Healthy Weight?

One of the best things you can do for your companion animals is keep them at a healthy weight, and yet we see a lot of dogs and cats that are slightly to extremely overweight with corresponding chronic health issues like diabetes, arthritis, endocrine and metabolic imbalances, having difficulty breathing, and early onset heart issues. Many of these diseases can be prevented and / or reversed simply by paying attention to their diets and using some common sense approaches to help them lose weight.

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Some easy changes to their diets can go a long way to keeping them lean and helping them lose excess fat and weight. Here are some of our favorite tips:

If you have an animal suffering from obesity and/or diabetes, we find that the fastest way to help them lose excess weight is by switching from all dry food to a meat based-diet. Go Paleo! This can be canned, raw, or freeze-dried / dehydrated. If you need to feed kibble due to cost and expense cut back to kibble once a day and meat-based once a day.

 

  • Feed raw meaty bones in place of a meal. For cats and small dogs chicken necks are a great choice, and for the bigger pups, duck and turkey necks are the preferred size. If they are marrow bones, remove the marrow which has a high fat content.
  • Make up a bone broth to use with the food. You can cut back on the amount of food and provide a very rich natural food supplement with the broth.
  • Add in fermented products like Answers Fermented Fish Stock which is low calorie and will help heal their gut, and balance their system.
  • Decrease calories by adding veggies to the diet, like steamed broccoli, green beans, cauliflower, kidney beans, etc.
  • Make sure that you are giving them low-calorie treats, like Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Crunch, which only contain 2 calories pet treat. You also want to make sure that you decrease calories if you are providing a lot of treats during training.
  • PAY ATTENTION to feeding guidelines if you switch their foods, as the kilo-calories may change significantly from one formula to another.
  • If feeding a kibble, choose a Senior or Weight Management formula with a high meat content and watch how much you are feeding. There are some great choices in holistic foods including grain-free formulas from RAWZ, NULO, NOW!, Amicus, Orijen, and whole-grain formulas from Verus, Fromm and Horizon.
  • If they inhale their food offer them a hunt and seek feeder so they have to work for their kibble. There are a number of great feeders available now with different ways to get at the food, and it also offers mental stimulation for both dogs and cats.

 

There are a number of ways you can keep your animals fit and provide opportunities for you to also join in the fun and burn calories, even if it means going for long walks with your dogs (and cats) or setting up playtimes for them. Get out and play!

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By Pennye Jones-Napier, Co-Owner, The Big Bad Woof Retail & Delivery



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