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While Berkeley pet obesity is a serious problem, with early intervention and proactive care, cat obesity and dog obesity can successfully be reversed. One of the biggest reasons for Berkeley pet obesity is overfeeding. Since some pets like Labrador retrievers have a seemingly “inexhaustible” appetite, these pets will continue eating even when they are full, which can lead to weight gain. Even following the guidelines on the back of a pet food label can be problematic; just like humans, every pet has unique nutritional needs, and these feeding guidelines may not be suited to your pet. Too many high-caloric treats can also lead to weight gain.
Our veterinarian understands that pet owners want the very best for their pets. However, there are healthier ways to reward good behavior. Our vet will discuss your pet’s precise nutritional intake needs and make specific recommendations for serving size and treats.
Dietary changes can also make a difference for cat and dog obesity. We know that for our own eating habits, fast food meals every day are unhealthy and can cause weight gain; the same fact applies to some types of low-quality pet foods. Sorting out the high-quality foods from the low-quality foods, however, can be a challenge – especially in today’s huge pet stores. Our veterinarian is happy to make specific recommendations based on your pet’s wellness needs.
With as many as one out of every two dogs or cats overweight, dog and cat obesity can happen to any pet. Weight gain can creep up slowly on some pets, especially if a pet’s lifestyle changes from active to sedentary. This is why it is so important to closely monitor your pet’s weight. A few extra pounds may not seem like much, but those pounds could mean the difference between your pet living a long, active life and struggling with chronic health problems.
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