Weight Control In Pets

September 23, 2015

Approximately 54 percent of cats and dogs in America are obese. Animal obesity tends to be a major problem for pet owners as it is important to watch what your pet eats just as you monitor what you eat on a daily basis. There are several ways that you can control the weight in your pet by simply making sure they get enough activity throughout the day and monitoring what they eat.

First determine if your dog or cat is overweight. This can be done by looking at them and noticing that they have a sagging stomach, no waistline, and/or a broad flat back. See if you can grab a handful of fat. This will help you recognize there must be something done immediately to help your pet lose weight. Obesity can shorten your pet’s life and excess fat will impair its health and quality of life.

Indoor cats of 10 to 15 pounds should not eat more than 200 to 220 calories a day and dogs at 10 to 15 pounds shouldn’t eat more than 275 calories a day. Check the food you’re giving them and determine if it’s right for them. The more organic and healthier the food is the more chances your pet will live longer without gaining much weight. Knowing how many calories your pet takes in a day is vital to preventing animal obesity.

The following steps will help decrease their chances of gaining weight.

  • Neutered/spayed pets tend to gain weight easier. Be prepared to monitor what your cat or dog eats regularly to avoid obesity.
  • Decrease food intake and increase activity level. Take dogs on longer walks and provide cats with more toys and things to climb on including cat trees.
  • Feed twice a day in smaller amounts than usual. Avoid any table food. Give fewer treats and offer them in the middle of the day so that they can burn it off before dinner.

Try playing with your pet. Dogs can go for a run in the park while cats can have an activity time in the morning or evening for chasing rope, lasers, or balls.

Pets like to spend time with their owners and if you’re active they will want to be active with you. It’s more than just petting or feeding time to your pets, it’s sharing moments with you that help them bond with you and live longer lives.

Raising money while working out seems too good to be true. The Charity Miles app lets you do just that! The free app tracks your mileage whether biking, walking or running and earns money towards the charity of your choice.

The simple fundraiser begins with a click on your smartphone. Download the application, create a profile and choose a charity. Then it’s time to get moving! The more you move, the more money the charity makes! If you simply don’t enjoy walking, running or biking, there are other options. You can skate, dance or even jump rope! You just need to choose the setting that best resembles your favorite type of exercise. Running and walking earns up to 25 cents per mile while biking earns up to 10 cents per mile.

Charity Miles benefits many non-profits spanning from fighting cancer and helping wounded soldiers to helping animal shelters and protecting nature. For example, if you choose to exercise for an animal welfare organization, the money from your exercise regimen could help save animals, help build extra shelter space or even buy more food for the animals.

One of the best things about this type of fundraiser is that it not only tracks your time and distance, but it tracks the impact you are making for your charity. You get updated information as to how you are helping the charity by simply exercising. Charity Miles allows you to stay healthy while helping others do the same.

Every mile you accomplish matters for your charity. When you get tired and want to quit, it will help your legs go another mile knowing you are helping change lives.

While it is common knowledge that you need to exercise in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, most people overlook the fact that their pets need to stay fit as well. Pets that don’t get enough exercise can become obese and become susceptible to serious health conditions such as, cancer and diabetes. For this reason, it is important to make physical fitness a part of your pet’s everyday routine. Here is a list of health benefits that prove exercise helps your animals:

  • By engaging your pets in physical activity, their overall health will improve. It will reduce their chances of developing diseases and help them to live a longer, healthier life.
  • Hyperactive cats and dogs can benefit from exercise because it will alleviate extra energy and restlessness.
  • Regular physical activity is very helpful when it comes to improving your pet’s digestive health. A simple walk has proven to be extremely beneficial in relieving constipation in animals.
  • If your pet excessively chews, digs, or scratches, exercise can help reduce or eliminate this destructive behavior.
  • Your dog or cat will develop stronger muscles and increased flexibility. Their improved strength and nimbleness can reduce their risk  of being injured.
  • It is a no brainer that spending time with your pet is extremely important. Playing sports and games with your pet not only strengthen their body but your bond as well.