Can we “love” our pets too much?

While this might sound unlikely, the answer is: it depends. If our love is shown in the form of too many calories causing weight issues, then yes.

The weight discussion is a sensitive conversation. We understand that it can be difficult to hear your pet is overweight, but we assure you we are only looking out for their best interest. Would you reconsider how many treats you give if you knew that keeping your pet at a healthy weight can extend their life by several years? What if you knew that you could prevent or even cure some health issues?
Some conditions which can be helped or even prevented by keeping a lean body weight include:

  • Diabetes

  • Urinary Health

  • Skin/Coat Health

  • Joint Support

“BUT… they seem hungry… They use their puppy eyes… They beg for food… They wake me up at night… They’re so cute!”

We have heard all these reasons. We love our pets too. We do get it. Put the cookies down!

If you are meeting all of your pet’s nutrient requirements with a balanced diet, they may just think they need more calories than they do. How many of us have eaten dessert after already being completely full?

There are ways to show affection without food rewards, such as:

  • Petting

  • Grooming

  • Walks

  • Verbal praise

Automatic feeders, multiple smaller meals or treat puzzles can also be very rewarding yet simple ways to help your pet feel full.

All our team members are happy to discuss weight management. Any pet needing to lose more than 20% of its body weight should be placed on a special weight loss diet to help prevent nutritional deficiencies.

Do you have a pet that needs to lose weight?

Talk to us about how we can help your pet live a longer and healthier life!

This article was written by Dr. Laura Crawford of Fifth Avenue Veterinary Clinic. We provide team-based vet care for pets and their families from our animal hospital in Orangeville, Ontario.

POSTED: 2018-06-14 Bookmark and Share
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