TLC For Pets Veterinary Hospital Promotes Pet Obesity Awareness
Just as in humans, obesity is becoming a growing problem for pets. And like humans, pets can develop a number of health problems as a result of being overweight. Careful monitoring of your pet’s eating habits can ensure they stay fit, active and healthy. At TLC For Pets Veterinary Hospital in Reisterstown, MD, we encourage pet obesity awareness as part of total veterinary care to keep pets in good health.
Causes of Obesity
The main cause of obesity is poor eating habits, consuming more high-calorie foods than can be burned off with activity, as well as too many treats. Obesity tends to be a greater problem in aging pets because an older animal often cannot exercise as often or as vigorously as younger animals. Certain metabolic diseases can also lead to obesity. Spaying or neutering can also cause susceptibility for gaining weight.
Your Vet Can Help You Manage Your Pet’s Weight
Regular visits to your vet for weighing will help you to keep a close eye on your weight and assess your weight management efforts. The vet can also advise you on the best foods for weight loss, such as those that are high in protein and fiber, but low in fat content.
Preventing Obesity in Pets
The best way to prevent obesity in pets is to develop healthy eating habits from a young age. Avoid giving your pet table food, no matter how much they beg. Reserve treats only for rewarding good behavior, and then, only offer bits of crunchy vegetables. Maintain good control over the portion sizes when feeding your pet. Walk your dog frequently, and participate in indoor playtime.
Make TLC For Pets Veterinary Hospital Your Reisterstown Veterinarian
Dr. Lucas and the team at TLC For Pets Veterinary Hospital are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for their pets in Reisterstown, MD, and surrounding communities. We offer many services for pet care, including preventative care, dental care, surgery, diagnostics, pain management, pet ophthalmology, grooming, and boarding. Call TLC For Pets Veterinary Hospital today at 410-833-1717 for an appointment to learn more about maintaining a healthy weight in your pet.