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Keep Your Pets at a Safe Weight

fatcatThis Tuesday is Fat Tuesday. So, what better time is there to talk about your pet’s weight? Sadly, obesity is becoming a more common problem among animals in America. As your pet’s weight increases, their risk for health problems such as joint pain, diabetes and liver issues also grows. To help battle your pet’s bulge, here are a few tips to keep them healthy and happy. Before you adjust any dietary changes with your pet, make sure to first consult your veterinarian to ensure your pet continues to get the nutrition they need.  

Change Your Behavior

A pet’s diet cannot change without commitment from the owner. A successful weight management program will work for your pet, but you will have to stick with it, which means you may have to alter your own behaviors. Maybe you give a few too many treats, or feed them table scraps, or avoid the daily walk for a day or two. For this to work for your pet, you need to make it work for you, too. Consider changing your routines. Remove the pet from the room when your family eats a meal and feed all of your pet’s meals from their dish. Lower the number of snacks and treats you feed and choose to reward them in other ways than just with food like extra play time or an extra walk throughout the day. 

Monitor Their Weight

Each time you go in for your regular checkup, your pet should be weighed by your vet. This will help you keep record of your pet’s weight and whether or not there have been any drastic changes that could be concerning. Another way to monitor their weight at home is to weigh yourself on the scale and then weigh yourself while holding your pet. Subtract your weight from the latter and you will get a rough estimate as to what your pet’s weight is. 

Exercise Daily

Just like in humans, regular exercise can be very beneficial to your pet’s overall health. Not only can this increase in activity help in both weight loss and maintenance, but regular exercise helps burn calories, lowers appetite, changes body composition and increases your pet’s resting metabolic rate. Consider walking your dog or chasing your cat around the house to help burn some of their calories. Whether you play fetch or have your cat chase a laser beam around the room, make exercising fun and your pets will be on board to a healthier lifestyle. 

Watch What They Eat

There are many ways to show your pets you love them that don’t involve overfeeding. Even though they may give you those sad puppy dog eyes or bat at your hand begging for some scraps, don’t give in. Instead, sit down with your veterinarian and determine a suitable diet plan for your pet’s breed and size. Their diet should be well-rounded and include fiber and fat, but your vet can help you determine how many times you should feed them during the day and what sort of foods you should feed. 

 

 


Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 113 years ago, it is the largest and most established “no-kill” animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937- 268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org.

Precious

Precious
Precious

Age: 6-year-old
Type: Domestic Shorthair
Sex: Female

What Makes Them Special?
If you are looking for a cat who loves to cuddle, look no further! This amazing lady loves people and would be so happy to find a forever home! Could it be with you?

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Thumper

Thumper
Thumper

Age: 4 1/2 years old
Type: Dwarf/American
Sex: Male

What Makes Them Special?
Thumper is an adorable little guy that came to our shelter along with many other bunnies after their owner passed away. He's neutered and is quite a tidy fellow with his litter box habits. He's currently in foster care and his foster tells us he's very social, likes to cuddle and really enjoys the times he gets to run and play. His diet consists of timothy hay, pellets and fresh greens daily. His favorite treat? A slice of banana will excite him enough to do a happy dance. Would you like to meet Thumper and see if he's the bunny for you or your family? Please submit a small animal adoption application and let us schedule a time for you to meet him at our shelter. We're certain he'll steal your heart.

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Dobby

Dobby
Dobby

Age: 3-years-old
Type: Treeing Walker Coonhound mix
Sex: Male

What Makes Them Special?
This gorgeous boy is Dobby! He came all the way from a shelter in Kentucky to find his forever home! You may hear him barking in the kennels but it is only because he wants to come out and see you! Once you get to spend some time with him you will see that he is a calm, gentle, sweet boy who just wants attention. He will gently put his head in your lap and look up at you for snuggles. He loves being pet and being close to you and will make a loyal companion. He's got enough energy to go on a nice walk or hike but also calm enough to cuddle up with you and relax. He has started training here and will receive two free training classes with his adoption so that his new family can see everything he has learned and continue that in the home. He may need to meet any potential "dog siblings" before going home with them. If you think Dobby would be the perfect fit for your home, come on in, fill out an application, and spend some time with him

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Sarsaparilla

Sarsaparilla
Sarsaparilla

Age: 4-years-old
Type: Hound/Shepherd mix
Sex: Female

What Makes Them Special?
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Charity

Charity
Charity

Age: 1-year-old
Type: Domestic Shorthair
Sex: Female

What Makes Them Special?
Charity is a lovable and sweet lady who just wants to spend her days curled up and loving on her new owners! Could it be with you?

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