Do the following checks to see whether your pet is overweight
Nearly half of the pets that vets treat weigh more than they should, says Jo’burg veterinarian dr. Guy Fyvie, a leading expert on pet obesity and adviser to Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
Overweight pets are more prone to shortness of breath, overheating and stiffness, says Fyvie. Obesity can cause serious health problems such as physical strain on the joints, spine, heart and other internal organs. It can also lead to diabetes and even increase the chance of cancer.
He recommends you do the following checks to see whether your pet is overweight:
1. Stroke your pet’s side – if you feel the ribs it means he’s in good shape.
2. Inspect your dog’s waistline – he should have a distinctive waist in front of his hips. ‘A balanced diet does not include sweet treats and table scraps,’ says Fyvie. Giving your dog one small plain biscuit is like giving him one hamburger. One cup of milk for your cat is the equivalent of 250g of chocolate. Fyvie suggests that you stick to the recommended pet treats or healthy snacks such as carrots, popcorn and cucumber.