Your furry pal’s weight can affect their overall health. An unhealthy diet and lack of exercise can make your pet’s weight tip either way to the end of the scale. What may seem like a few extra pounds may result in illnesses that cause frequent veterinary visits and expensive treatments. To prevent pets from being overweight or underweight our team provides weight management services.
What happens when my pet is overweight?
When your pet is overweight it becomes a burden for them. The excess weight is uncomfortable and puts them at risk of developing health complications. Overweight pets are more likely to develop diabetes, heart problems, arthritis, high blood pressure and even cancer.
Can I feed my pet human food?
While some human foods are ok for your pet to consume, we recommend feeding them foods that are manufactured specifically for them. Your pet’s diet should be as unique as themselves and cater to their needs. Not all human foods give nourishment and sometimes they aren’t safe for your loyal companion. We encourage our clients to consult with one of our veterinarians before introducing human foods to their pet’s diet. Below is a list of foods and ingredients that can be lethal for your pet:
- Apple seeds
If your pet has consumed any of the above please seek veterinary attention. Give us a call at 905-576-3344.
How can I manage my pet’s weight?
- Incorporate more exercise in their daily routine. If your pet is active it helps them burn more calories and get to a healthier weight.
- Limit their treats. Treats should only account for 10% of their daily caloric intake. You should also ensure that their treats are nutritious and healthy.
- Schedule their meal times. If their food is left out there’s a greater chance that your pet will eat it just because it’s there. Getting your pet into scheduled meal times means that they will be more disciplined in their eating habits as it curbs their urge to eat at any time.