Question / Answer
I need my dog/cat to lose weight. What should I do?
Losing weight for dogs and cats is no different than it is for humans. Any extra calories are stored as fat in the body. That is how the pet becomes fat. To trim the excess, you must manage caloric intake first, followed by increasing the animal’s activity level.
You can feed less of the current food you are using, but this can cause some frustration for your animal because the volume of food consumed has been decreased. This can keep your pet hungry due to lack of a steady nutrient flow in the blood. The best way is to use a food with a lower caloric content like Fromm’s Whitefish and Potato, Weight Management Gold, Senior Gold, or Classic Mature Adult for dogs, or Mature Gold for Cats. With these foods, the animal gets to eat its normal volume, and the different mixture of fibers allows the food to be digested more slowly, which keeps the nutrient levels more consistent in the blood thereby preventing hunger. The whole trick is to decrease calorie intake and increase the amount of calories used by increased activity. Never try to make a pet lose weight quickly. Weight gain occurs slowly and weight loss must be the same to avoid metabolic problems. Once your pet has reached its desired weight, you may return to feeding his or her normal food in the suggested amounts. Most pets get fat by what we call "over-love”. The pet parent, for many reasons, takes a course of action that simply results in over-feeding. It is important to avoid feeding table scraps and other treats. And finally, know what your pet should look like in top condition. Many pet parents don't know what this is. They think if their dog or cat looks a bit thin, that it needs more food, but oftentimes that is a characteristic of the breed.