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PetAlive: The Natural Choice
 
June
Editorial

Just like adults, weight gain in animals is just as unhealthy, potentially contributing to a line of unwanted medical issues for your pet unless addressed. What is a ‘healthy’ weight for your pet, and how do you help your pet lose those extra pounds… and then keep them off? Read on for more!

“Weighing” in on Your Pet’s Health
How to help your pet achieve a healthy weight

 

How to help your pet achieve a healthy weight

Have you ever taken your pet to the veterinarian, expecting to receive praise on how healthy your four-legged friend is-- and instead gotten scolded on how you've allowed them to become a chubby, unhealthy pet?

Studies have shown that nearly half of the dogs and cats in the US are overweight. Most pet owners are not aware that their pet is overweight as often the ideal body weight depends not only on the breed, but also on the sex of your pet.

It is best to ask your vet about your pet’s ideal weight, which will help determine how much weight your pet should lose.

Your pet may be overweight if it:

  • Pants with mild exercise
  • Has fat around the backbone and rib cage
  • Appears to be tired and sluggish
   
 

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Changing the Diet.
A great way to get your pet fit and to a more suitable weight is to change their diet. This may consist of changing your pet’s food altogether or just giving them less food. Giving your pet less food may become an issue because pets love to eat! Instead of 2-3 large meals through the day, break up the food into 5-6 smaller meals. By breaking up their meals, they may not notice that their food intake has lessened.

Be aware that new diets may bring digestive problems for your pet. If you changed your pet’s food, mix 25% new food to 75% old food for 7-10 days, gradually making the mixture 100% new food to help avoid digestive upsets.

Also, it's important that you don’t feed your pet snacks in between meals and refrain from giving them table scraps, which are usually always high in calories.

 

To help promote a healthy metabolism, ideal body weight and efficient digestion, try: SlenderPet™ and Digestive Support


Getting More Exercise.
One of the most important things to incorporate into a puffy pet’s life is exercise. Pets need and like attention, so exercise is a great way to give that to them. Your pet may not be a warrior when they start to exercise regularly; start out slow and go for short ten minute walks or play with a toy for the same amount of time to reduce strain on joints and avoid taxing an overweight pet.

While exercising with your pet, they may do something you want to reward them for. Refrain from giving your pet a treat; instead pet them and reward them with verbal reinforcement such as “good boy” or “good girl”.  Excessive treats and goodies will squash all your weight management efforts. Allow your pet to rest when they seem sluggish, and give your pet plenty of water before and after their exercise.

To support healthy strong joints, muscles, tendons, cartilage and bones and maintain ease of movement try: Muscle and Joint Support


Improving Overall Health.
Keeping your pet’s weight at an optimal level will reduce the risk of many diseases in the future. Your pet could be at risk for diabetes, thyroid problems and heart disease, among other serious conditions, due to poor nutrition and lack of exercise. You can protect your pet from these diseases by maintaining their weight and supporting a proper exercise regimen.


Keeping Track is Important .
Track your pet’s weight loss by weighing him or her regularly, and have your pet evaluated regularly by his or her vet to rule out any health problems. Keep your pet’s diet low in salt, fats and preservatives to achieve the most favorable results in your pet’s health.

To improve energy level, insulin levels, or reduce the risk of heart disease try: Thyro-Pet™ or GlucoEnsure™ or Heart and Circulation Tonic

 

Remember, your pet doesn’t have a fast-food joint at their convenience to buy unhealthy food; you control what they eat. By being committed to your pet’s health, you will soon see a difference in your pet’s well-being.

 

Product Questions? Ask Our Pet Experts

Question:

My 4 year old Golden Retriever (fixed female) is overweight due to a thyroid problem. She's 85 pounds and should be 65 pounds. She is fed 2 cups of premium dog food, 1 bone and 1 dental stick daily. I am hearing a blood test and daily drugs are the only way to help her. I'd like a 2nd opinion. Thanks.”

– David

Answer:

Monitoring your dog's health usually should not be so extensive.  Certainly during the initial stages when trying to get the condition under control, it may be necessary to do regular checks to find that balance, but once that is achieved, things should settle down. Unfortunately, since we are unable to examine your pet, we cannot give you a definitive answer.

However, to help with your pet's weight, we highly recommend our SlenderPet remedy, which promotes healthy metabolism and efficient digestion for a healthy, normal body weight.

The PetAlive Team


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