Is your pet overweight? Here’s how to help your overweight furry friend lose weight

Many of you wonder how to help your pet lose weight fast and in a way that is healthy. There are a few steps that you need to take in order to make it easier for your pet to be able to lose weight and be healthy.

Visit a Veterinarian: As soon as you spot signs of unhealthy weight gain, take your pet to a veterinarian to get an idea of what you need to do to help them. They may run a series of blood tests to check for low thyroid levels, which often causes weight gain. Once that is sorted out, the vet may recommend that your pet must switch to a low-calorie, high-fiber food or even a prescription diet.

Increase Exercise: If your pet is overweight (but not obese) and has no joint, heart or respiratory issues, your pet must start with 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week. For obese pets, you should talk to your vet about physical therapy or rehabilitation and low-impact exercise alternatives such as swimming or walking on an underwater treadmill.

Measure Food: You can help your pet (and yourself) by having a set of dry measuring cups specifically for your pet’s food, which are cheap and easy to find. And you can make food much more reliable, without spending a lot of money; by having a small kitchen scale to measure the amount of food you feed your pets (a gram-based recommendation is also often given on the back of pet food bags).

Be Strict: Discuss the diet schedule with everyone who feeds your pet and get their cooperation. You should give each family member a specific number of small training treats to reward the pet, and encourage everyone to concentrate on sports, hikes, fetch sports, and fun activities as calorie-free rewards will keep your pet motivated.

Monitor Your Pet’s Weight Loss: Monitor your pet’s progress and weigh them at least every 1 to 2 weeks. Using the recommended guidelines, overweight or obese pets should lose about 1% to 2% of their body weight every week. If your pet does not lose weight, daily calories may need to be further reduced. Also make sure that no one in the house cheats on you by offering them extra food or treats.

With these tips, some patience and a little detective work, you would be able to discover your pet weight-loss saboteur and get your companion back on the track to health and wellness. Happy dieting!