OBESITY IN PETS
Obesity is the most common nutrition-related health condition in pets
today. A pet becomes overweight when it regularly consumes more calories
than it burns off. This is caused from a number of things i.e. lack of
exercise, free-feeding, treats in excess, and fulfilling the“beggars” need
during dinner time, or any time for that matter. As always, we recommend
having a Veterinarian review your pet for any medical causes of the symptoms
or any additional concerns that may be affecting your pets well-being.
Obesity can lead to many additional health risks that will ultimately
result in a shorter lifespan and less energy and ability to combat the
increasing symptoms as a result. It is much easier to prevent these increased
concerns by keeping your pet on a measured amount of food rather than “free
feeding” as well as ensuring regular exercise. Exercise will not
only decrease the chances of obesity related concerns, but also increase
alertness and ability to better adapt to the stresses of everyday life.
Besides the obvious signs of obesity (extreme weight gain and lack of
defined musculature and body profile), pets suffering from obesity can
breathing, joint stiffness and pain, difficulty seeing, and ultimately have
a shorter lifespan due to multiple complications.
Symptoms may begin to add up over time, so it is important to address the issue
overweight pet before obesity fully sets in.
- Feed an Ultra Premium Food: Muttropolis only carries foods considered
Ultra premium Foods are distinct mainly by the high standards placed on their
ingredients. All ultra premium foods are made from 100% Human Grade ingredients
contain absolutely no “Bi-products” or fillers that are often
high in carbohydrates and fat.
“Bi-products” is a loose label that can include many undesirable
meat sources that can
change between bags of the same type of food. Also, Ultra Premium Foods avoid
that have no nutritional value and are often high in fat and carbohydrates.
Please ask a
Muttropolis associate for more information on the importance of Ultra Premium
- Avoid “Free Feeding”: Providing your pets with two measured
meals a day of an Ultra
Premium Food will guarantee that your pet is not overeating and only consuming
amount of food to sustain their energy throughout the day. Ultra Premium
packed with the necessary balanced nutrition, so ultimately you will feed
reducing waste and the consumption of empty calories. Also, feeding measured
will alert you to any changes in appetite that could be a sign of other health
Reduce the feeding amount gradually between 2-4 months to ease the pet into
- Provide regular exercise: As a pet owner, it becomes your responsibility
adequate and regular exercise. It’s important to vary the form of exercise
and walks to ensure your pet remains mentally stimulated and alert.
- Avoid over treating: Giving excessive treats will reduce your pets
desire to eat regular
balanced meals. Using treats in training and to encourage positive behaviors
Excessive treating can lead to undesired behaviors such as begging.
Recommended Foods & Supplements:
There are many great varieties of Ultra Premium Foods that could benefit your
pet. If the food is not necessarily designed as a lite formula, other varieties
of these lines can be used and fed the recommended dose for less active or
overweight pets. Always read the recommended amount as each brand may have
different caloric qualities.
- Natural Balance Reduced Calorie Diet (Dog or Cat)
- Wellness Weight Management for Dogs
- Wellness Lite Formula for Cats
- Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct (Dog or Cat)
- Innova Evo (Dog or Cat)
Canned foods are packed with nutrients and if relied on as a main food
source could be troublesome for pets who are prone to obesity. Using
these as supplements to a regular diet are a great way to increase the
pets interest in the new foods or to provide beneficial moisture (especially
beneficial for cats).
Summary of Bones and Raw Food Diets: Before dogs became domesticated,
the diet of dogs was mainly small rodents, birds, and leftovers of larger
predators. These filled all their nutritional needs - protein and fat
from the tissue, fiber from hair and feathers, plus nutrients from the
partially digested food of the prey. The closer we can recreate our animals'
diets to what their body is designed to eat, the healthier they will
be. Raw foods can be very beneficial for dogs suffering from Obesity
as there are no fillers or carbohydrates. Please ask a Muttropolis associate
for more information on feeding a raw diet or supplementing a kibble
diet with raw foods.
- Halshan’s Premium Raw Food
- Nature’s Variety Complete Raw Diets
- K-9 Liquid Health: Weight and Diet This is a high absorption liquid
that contains Collagen, L-Carnitine, and Kelp. It’s easily mixed
into wet or dry foods. It contains nutrients that aid in metabolizing
calorie intake and decreasing appetite.
We always recommend speaking to a qualified Veterinarian to ensure there are
no other underlying causes or issues which may need more immediate medical