As we all look forward to the New Year, and wish everyone a healthy, prosperous New Year. I myself know that I have eaten my fair share, more then I normally would, all the cookies, and turkey dinners, and then of course the yummy leftovers. Not to mention the Christmas work parties and invites over to the neighbor’s.
So just like us, our pets get a little overweight, some more than others. Hey, it’s cold outside, it’s also often too icy to walk. We still feed them the same amount, not thinking that they are getting less exercise. I know, I did the same with my dogs, one of my dogs became quite the chunker last year. So she joined the http://www.brockstreetanimalhospital.ca/pet-fit-club.html
We put her on a safe restricted diet, and she would work out on the treadmill 3 times a week. She did very well on the treadmill and it didn’t take long before she became quite the runner. She lost weight safely and has a fit trim body now. Keeping the weight off is the key, and making sure she doesn’t climb up again with her weight.
When you live with your pet and see them every day, you don’t notice the weight gain, it sneaks up. It happens with us too, believe me…lol.
Obesity is a disease, the good news is that obesity is a treatable disease. It can be a challenge for your pet to lose the weight, but it can be done. The old saying always pops into my head “It’s best to be cruel sometimes to be kind”. Some people feel they are being kind giving treats all the time, and that can include people food too. They think they are being cruel if they don’t give that piece of pizza crust, or chunk of cheese.
So next time they look at you with those sad puppy eyes, tell them that you love them, and because you do, they cannot have that chunk of cheese, but a carrot instead.