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We know how much you love your pets! So, if you really want to do what is best for them, stop showing love with food (too much food). The excess in their diet is making them fat and drastically shortening their lives. According to doctors with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a recent survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that more than half of all cats and dogs are overweight.
The ideal weight of each animal depends on the breed, age, body type and metabolism. Big animals have faster metabolisms. Smaller animals have a slower metabolism. The latter also applies to animals who have been neutered and older ones too because they tend to get less exercise. Look at your pet from above to check their weight. Is the waist defined? If the waist is not defined and the back is broad and flat, or rectangular, the animal is probably overweight. You can also run your hands alongside your pet’s body. If you can feel the ribs, the animal is probably not overweight. Lastly, a sagging stomach means there is a need for weight loss. If you think you should, talk with your pet’s vet about how to help your fur baby lose some weight in order to achieve a longer and healthier life.