Like humans, managing a healthy weight of your pet is a very important factor to provide them a better quality of life and a longer life expectancy. Several dangerous health issues like high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, heart and liver disease, and some types of cancer, etc. in pets can be attributed to their weight problems. Healthy weight is associated with the energy levels of your pet-Healthier their weight, more the energy and longer they live.
Some of the key factors that are to be considered to maintain your pet’s health can be summarised as below:
Knowing the Ideal weight: One should be aware of their pet’s ideal weight and the allowable variation. This can depend on a number of factors like age, breed, lifestyle, environment, health conditions, etc. which along with the ideal body condition score can be discussed with a vet to know your pet’s health status.
Food and Nutrition management: Providing your pet adequate food and dietary supplements is vital to maintaining the pet’s health. If your pet is obese, cutting down a few calories from his diet would also mean cutting the important nutrients from his diet. Or else, if your pet is underweight, adding a few extra calories might add the non-regulated amount of nutrients to his diet. Hence, a vet can advise you with a diet regime which can be followed to maintain a healthy weight.
Exercise: Your pet’s type, lifestyle, and metabolism may define the exercise needs of your pet. A high-quality diet complemented with an optimum activity level is the magic portion of weight management in pets. Exercise might include leash walking, swimming, or running for dogs, scratch pads or climbing toys for cats, enrichments like perches for birds, or cage toys for other caged pets.
One also needs to understand that weight management is a lifelong process. Hence, pet owners should maintain a record of your pet’s health which can be assessed by your vet in case of any medical emergency. Regular check-ups with your vet can help in learning more about the nutritional and overall health of your pet.
Learn about the weight management aspects of your pet from the sections below: