10 Ways to Treat or Prevent Pet Obesity


It’s a growing (sorry for the pun) problem. As we humans increase in girth, unfortunately so do our pets.  Just how bad is the problem you might ask.  Very very bad is the answer.

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Estimates range from 25% to 50% of our cats and dogs are overweight.  Obesity causes the same litany of problems in pets as it does in humans:  arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, compromised immune system, spinal problems, gastrointestinal issues and most important, a shortened life span.  The pet’s quality of life suffers too: it is harder for the pet to groom himself, she feels tired and depressed and he may growl or meow incessantly.

What can we do to prevent or treat pet obesity?

  1. Take responsibility as the human in the equation.
  2. Read the label on the pet food bag and measure the food you put in Gizmo or Smurf’s bowl.      measurecups
  3. Don’t allow your cat or dog to graze all day.  Remember, those kind of diets don’t work well for humans either.  Instead, feed your pet at specific times and leave the food available only for 30 minutes.

    Small bowls are best so we are nod to overfill them.

    Small bowls are best so we are nod to overfill them.

  4. Reward your dog with a scratch under the chin or a belly rub instead of a treat.
  5. Get active with your pet and encourage activity for your pet.
  6. Put Psycho’s litter box in one end of the house and his water dish in the other end.  That way he has to walk back and forth to get his needs met.
  7. Install cat towers in your home so Nibbles has a place to climb.        pPETS-12608074r200
  8. Play lasar tag with your cat. You can get an extra bonus by all the laughter this activity will bring.
  9. Play an active game of fetch with Taz.  It will be good for you too.
  10. Let Snickers take you on two walks a day.  It will bring you pleasure and weight maintenance too.  Luke, Daisy and Trooper all three recognize when we are getting ready to go for a walkie.  We cannot say the word unless we are ready to deliver.  If you don’t have time to take your dog for a walk, we do. Give us a call at 704-662-0973.

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About coddlecreekpetservices

Billy and Beth Harwell own and operate Dog Walkers & More at Coddle Creek, LLC, a pet sitting service located in Mooresville, NC. We provide peace of mind for pet parents when they must be away. We service pet families in Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius and Mount Ulla, NC, Our two Springers, Luke &; Trooper, assisted by the able Brittany, Daisy do their best to keep us in line. We frequently share memories of our late Beau, a wonderful Brittany. Beth writes about the pet-human bond. Please visit our website for details about our services and check out our social media sites for loads of fun. Thanks for stopping by.
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