Veazie Veterinary Clinic
1522 State Street, Veazie, ME
(207) 941-8840

Tips for Preventing Obesity

A lean pet is a healthy pet. And just like humans, we know it’s a lot easier to prevent weight gain than it is to try to lose lots of weight later on. Here are some tips for preventing obesity in pets.

Feeding Tips:

  • Measure out your pet’s food for the day and feed them treats out of that food. That way you know your pet isn’t getting excess calories added into their diet.
  • Don’t feed table scraps. Table scraps add calories to your pet’s diet and are very hard to keep track of.
  • Feed healthy treats. Treats like celery, carrots and chunks of plain skinless chicken are low calorie snacks that animals can learn to love just as much as some other high calorie treats.
  • Try adding warm water to your pet’s food. This can make your pet feel fuller while consuming fewer calories. You should wait until the food swells and absorbs the water and then feed your pet.

Choose the Correct Type and Amount of Food:

Simply cutting back on the amount of food you feed may also decrease the amount of essential vitamins and minerals. Prescription weight loss diets ensure an adequate intake of essential nutrients while eliminating excess calories.

  • Dog Diets Include: Royal Canin Satiety Support or Calorie Control, Hill’s Prescription r/d and w/d, Science Diet Light, Purina OM
  • Cat Diets Include: Royal Canin Satiety Support or Calorie Control, Hill’s Prescription m/d, r/d, w/d, Science Diet Light, Purina OM

Regulate Your Young Pet’s Weight:

Stop the problem before it starts by feeding your pet healthy food, making sure it gets lots of exercise and not giving “people food”.

Limit or Eliminate Treats:

Treats should be given sparingly and should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s daily calories. Add in the amount of calories from treats to the amount of daily calories you feed your animal. That way you have better control on how many calories your pet is getting.

Treat Any Medical Problems or Diseases

Just as in humans, obesity is sometimes a symptom of an underlying medical problem and may not be successfully addressed until any medical issues are dealt with.