Does Your Pet Need to Go on a Diet

Up to 44% of dogs and 40% of cats in Australia are overweight. This article discusses the importance of proper nutrition and exercise to help keep your pet healthy.

Exercise for your Dog

Unlike humans, dogs can’t go to the gym whenever they want to exercise. To safely exercise your dog, consider these points:

Walking 

Walking is one of the best methods of exercise you can do with your dog to keep them happy and healthy.

  • Walk at a normal pace.
  • If your dog is looking tired, let them pause to relax
  • If they seem too tired to continue, it is time to return home
  • Take care not to overexercise your pet.

 

Exercise for Your Cat

We don’t often hear of walking our cats, but there are plenty of other ways you can exercise with them:

Laser Pointers

Engage in some light play and help your cat get some cardio. Make sure that they catch the laser at the end so they will be open to doing it more often.

Cat Puzzle Toys

Cat puzzle toys will engage your cats and keep them moving – which is a great way to stop them from getting obese.

Cat Trees

Cat trees give your cat the opportunity to climb, stretch and jump. If you place it near a window, a cat may see birds and further engage.

 

Dog Diets

Along with exercise, it is vital to ensure that your dog is on a nutritious diet so they won’t become obese.

Dogs generally require a mix of dry carbohydrates and meat and moisture-rich foods. However, this is dependent on the age and breed of the food, so it’s important to consult with your local veterinary clinic.

 

Cat Diets

The best form of nutrition for your cat is one that naturally mimics the sort of food they would consume in the wild. Cats are generally true carnivores, so a meat-rich diet is important.

It’s also important to note that cats don’t often drink water or milk. Therefore, it is important to keep your cat’s food rich in moisture.

Canned Meat

A diet of canned meat is recommended for your cat, especially if it is low in carbohydrates, as cats can have trouble digesting them. Consider consulting with your local vet to establish which needs need to be met.

 

Questions? Contact Us!

 Engaging in weight loss can be difficult. If you need any help with it, consider contacting our weight loss clinic to help your pets lose weight. Our wellness programs make pet care easier, and with affordable monthly payments, you can safely manage the weight of your pet.

If you are interested in discussing wellness treatments, we are here to help. Call Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital on 08 6555 5149 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.