… OSCAR Pet Foods Carlisle frequently encounters concerns surrounding pet obesity, a significant issue that can impact the well-being and longevity of our cherished animal companions. Recent research indicates that many pet families may not fully grasp the implications of obesity on their four-legged friends.
Pet obesity is characterised by the accumulation of excess fat, usually resulting from an imbalance between energy intake (too many calories) and a pet’s normal requirements. Much like us, pets can face an expanding waistline when there’s an excess of calories coupled with insufficient exercise.
Life stage exacerbates this concern, with less active senior pets requiring fewer calories than their more energetic junior counterparts.
Undoubtedly, pet obesity stands out as a significant issue, perhaps the most pressing one affecting the UK pet population. It brings along serious health complications, including a shortened lifespan, heart and lung problems, liver and kidney issues, restricted movements, and arthritis.
Do you know how much you are feeding your pet? One great way is to keep a food diary, pop it on the board in the kitchen and note down everything you or family members give them each day. If you would like a copy of our daily food diary, drop us a message or give us a call, it’s free and may just surprise you when all those little titbits are added into the daily meals intake.
Effective Strategies for Weight Management
Implementing weight control diets is crucial to addressing a pet’s weight-related concerns. These diets typically feature reduced calorie, protein, and fat content. Depending on the severity of the issue, it becomes important to limit or eliminate treats, extra portions of pet food, and even human food. To satisfy pets without adding unnecessary calories, consider introducing vegetables, both cooked and raw, providing a perceived ‘reward’ in their eyes.
Embarking on a weight loss journey for pets requires significant adjustments for both owners and their furry companions. Owners must alter their feeding habits and incorporate increased exercise to support the weight loss process. It’s essential for pets to shed weight gradually rather than rapidly, as quick weight loss can lead to additional health complications.