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Commit To Being Fit: Assessing Our Pet’s Body Condition

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution?

Maybe it was to start exercising, or to lose weight, or stop doing a given bad habit.

Well, one resolution to consider is helping your pet maintain a healthy weight!

Many pet owners don’t realize their pet is overweight, and that can be costly for a pet’s health, as well as an owner’s wallet.

 

 

The good news is that you can help your pet maintain a healthy weight!

 

How to Check Your Pet’s Body Condition:

Determining your pet’s body condition can help you assess whether they are at an ideal weight, over or under weight.

When running your hands along your pet’s chest, you should be able to easily feel their ribs with slight padding. 

If the ribs protrude or are undetectable, your pet is likely at an unhealthy weight.

Tip: Some breeds have more visible ribs than others, and it’s harder to feel the ribs of dogs with long or thick hair. 

 

 

Your veterinarian can help you identify and safely manage your pet’s weight.

It’s easier to maintain a healthy weight than it is to lose excess weight. In humans and pets alike, the key to weight loss is to remain committed and dedicated, and to combine healthy eating with regular physical activity. Just a few pounds above your cat or dog’s ideal weight can put them at risk for developing serious medical conditions including diabetes, respiratory and heart disease, joint problems, and a shorter life expectancy.  Check with your veterinarian before embarking on any diet program. They can ensure your pet loses weight safely, and that excess weight is not a side effect of a medication or an underlying medical condition.

 

– Special thanks to Trupanion Pet Insurance Inc. for step-by-step instructions on checking your pet’s body condition!

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