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As pet owners, ensuring our pets are at their happiest and healthiest should always be our number one goal. With that being said, according to veterinary surveys, over half of the dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight. If your pet is overweight, there is an increased risk they may develop health problems like arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease and more. Our Ukrainian Village animal hospital near Wicker Park wants to help your pet lose weight in the healthiest way possible.

Daily Exercise

Like humans, our pets need ample amounts of exercise in order to shed unnecessary weight. For dog owners, make sure your pup or hound is getting at least 20-30 minutes of exercise every day. This may come in the form of a brisk walk, a run, or a trip to the dog park (assuming he or she gets in on the action rather than hiding under your legs). Not only will you be helping with your pet’s weight, but you also have a built-in workout partner for yourself!

Watch Caloric Intake

Your pet should consume a certain number of calories every day. Check the packaging information for your pet’s food and locate the caloric density listing. While some pet food manufacturers have clearly indicated the appropriate daily amount of food that should be eaten by pets at specific life or health stages, other manufacturers are vaguer. Measuring cups are at least helpful in consistently feeding your pet the right amount of (dry) food, but what is the right amount? Our Village West Veterinary professionals are your Ukrainian Village, Logan Square, Humboldt, and Wicker Park animal hospital resource to help you determine the proper amount of food you should be feeding your pets.

Make Treats Count

Giving your pet a treat here and there isn’t a bad thing. But if you’re going to give your pet a treat, choose something with nutritional value. Instead of a traditional dog or cat treat, try opting for something healthier like celery, baby carrots, cucumbers, sliced bananas or sliced apples. If you want to keep more traditional treats handy, use lower calorie and more natural products, whenever possible.

If you have questions about helping your pet lose weight, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals Village West Veterinary animal hospital. We want our animal patients to be in the best health possible, and weight management is crucial. Don’t wait, make your appointment today!

Pet Health Network