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Posted on 04-22-2013
Dietary management is the best way to keep your pet’s weight under control. Even if your pet is currently at a healthy weight today, adopting healthy habits now will help prevent future weight gain. Follow these three tips to keep your pets a safe, healthy weight:
Some animals like Labrador retrievers are famous for their nearly inexhaustible appetites. These pets will keep eating even when they are full. Consequently, it is easy for them to gain weight. In many cases, the amount of food your pet needs is less than the recommended serving size on a bag of dog or cat food. If you are not sure how much food your pet needs, ask our veterinarian for a customized recommendation.
While treats are a fun way to reward your pet for good behavior, too many treats can lead to excess calories and weight gain. Limit high-caloric treats to special occasions and instead reward your pet’s good behavior with praise.
Is your pet on the cusp for a potential weight problem? If your dog or cat needs to lose a few pounds, talk to our veterinarian for dietary recommendations during your pet's annual wellness visit to our animal hospital.
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