Eating well and maintaining a healthy weight are essential parts of every health care plan. But what food is best? How can I regulate my pet’s weight? We will cover all of the basics you need to know to keep your four-legged friend fit and healthy.
Maintaining A Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is imperative for your pet to achieve its best health and longest life. In fact, the results of the landmark, 14-year long Purina Life Span Study documented an increased median life span of 1.8 years in lean dogs versus their moderately overweight counterparts.
To maintain a healthy weight, the first step is to ask your Westlake Animal Hospital veterinarian for a recommended number of calories to feed per day. 75-80% of weight loss comes from calorie reduction. Use a dry measuring cup to measure out a specific amount of food for each meal. Also, you will need to limit other sources of calories such as other pet’s food, human food, and treats. Then, check your pet’s weight every two weeks to monitor progress- you should see 1-2% weight loss per week.