Is your pet obese?

Not sure if your pet is overweight? – do the Body Conditioning Score Test!

1. Place the palm of your hand gently on either side of your pet’s chest – you should be able feel and count the ribs under the fur and skin. If you see ribs, then your pet is too skinny!
2. Check for an hour-glass figure like Marilyn Monroe! Both cats and dogs should have an hour glass figure – their waist lines should be tapered (this is between the abdomen and where the hip goes into the socket). If they don’t have a tapered waist, then they’ll be oval shaped and therefore OVERWEIGHT!
3. An overweight or obese pet will have hip and neck fat with a drooping abdomen – all of which is very noticeable.
NB. Dogs such as German Shepherds or Greyhounds may show their ribs while Chihuahua, Labrador, Golden Retriever shouldn’t have ribs showing.
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How Obesity Can Shorten Your Pet’s Life

Obesity is a worldwide problem for our pets. The fact of the matter is, if your dog or cat is overweight, it’s because they are eating more than they should!  Take a guess who’s to blame for that? Yes, it’s YOU, PET OWNER! Simply put, you are killing your animal pal with unnecessary amounts of foods and treats!

Healthy cats and dogs don’t have to have treats every day. If pets are fed good quality food and given sufficient water, they will not have to be enticed to eat extra calories if they don’t want or need to. Often, we think that if we are having a snack, Fido or Felix should have titbit too – not true!

As with humans, overweight or obese pets are susceptible to a wide range of health problems. Cats, in particular develop diabetes while dogs are prone to joint problems such as arthritis. Natural solutions such as Diabetonic Pets to treat diabetes, and MobiLive Pets which treats sore, stiff joints offers relief for pets with these uncomfortable conditions, but first prize is always to keep your pet at a healthy weight!. 
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Other health issues that may affect them as a result of obesity:

exercise intolerance (where they avoid exercise due to being overweight & unfit) ,
lowered immune system,

Can spaying or neutering cause obesity?

Pet owners are often of the belief that spaying and neutering is the cause of their dog or cat’s extra weight. Irrespective if your pet has been spayed or neutered, it will gain weight if fed more than its dietary requirements. Spaying and neutering may slow your pet’s metabolism which then causes calories to burn slower. Ultimately, it’s eating too much and not enough exercise which are the culprits for packing on the pounds and not a surgical procedure!
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Top Tips to Keep the Weight Off

1. Feed a strict diet based on your pet’s breed and weight. Choose food that is low in calories, such as Grandma Lucy's Artisan Chicken. A natural, raw diet such as DoggoBone Active Raw Food provides all the essential nutrients to control and lose unwanted fat in dogs. If you prefer to feed your pet a cooked natural diet, try the Vondi’s range for dogs and cats. Make sure that you measure the food requirement accurately for his weight or if trying to lose weight, for slightly less than he weighs. As with people, our pets vary in size and body shape. Holly is a naturally lean Border Collie, but poor little Silky tends to gain weight easily and has to be very strictly monitored. Both Vondi’s and Doggobone are available at the Feelgood Health Shop - Unit 6, Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Westlake Business Park, Cape Town, South Africa.
2.  Avoid leaving food out all day for pets, rather feed them at set times – in the morning and evenings to avoid snacking. They should finish their food in 15-20 minutes and if not, it should be picked up
3. Stop feeding your pet table scraps! This is one of the main reasons why you have porky pet on your hands! If your pet has turned into a “beggar” and you’ve been rewarding him with table scraps, you need to put an end to this behaviour immediately.
4. Give your pets healthier treats – switch to raw fruit and veggies such as carrots or apples
5. Start exercising your pets slowly at first and then work your way to a faster pace. Walk your dog every day, play catch or encourage swimming during the warmer months. Cathy says that Holly is a natural athlete and loves to run and run, while Silky is a bit of a couch potato and has to be strongly encouraged to get moving.  No matter what, if you encourage your pets to exercise and make it fun, it will be good for both of you!
6.  Cats also need exercise but may require much more work! Get them interested in playing – toys such as balls or cat fishing poles work well to get them moving! A paper bag or piece of string with a feather attached is also a good homemade toy. Another trick is to put your cat’s food on the table or kitchen counter instead of the floor – she will HAVE to jump up and down to eat!
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Pets will pull at your heart strings if you stop giving them treats and unhealthy foods but remember – you know best and are the one that is responsible for giving your cat or dog the best chance at a long and healthy life!

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  • Feelgood Pets - October 17, 2017

    So true, Sprikes Grandmother! Exercise and a healthy diet! :)

  • Spikes grandmother - July 13, 2017

    exsercise the only answer☺

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