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How are Weight Management recipes different?
Weight management pet foods are specifically designed to prevent excessive calorie intake, thereby helping a pet to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
Obesity is one of the most common and preventable ailments in pets in North America. Since obesity can lead to dog and cat health problems like diabetes, arthritis, heart and lung conditions, certain cancers, and more, it’s important to keep your pet at a healthy weight.
If your dog or cat struggles with weight gain or obesity, a weight management pet food could be much better for them than their regular diet. Here’s why…
Decreasing the proportion of a regular pet food (a food not specifically created for weight management) could leave your dog or cat feeling hungry. Also, even though decreasing your pet’s food intake would reduce the number of calories they consume, dramatically decreasing the portion for an extended period of time could result in malnourishment. In addition to fewer calories, your dog or cat would receive less than their daily requirement of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Weight management foods help prevent these issues because they’re formulated with the right proportion of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, in a recipe that’s less calorie dense.
That way, your pet will get all the nutrients they need, and they will feel fuller with their meals than they would with a more restrictive “diet.”
- Lean (but tasty) nutrient-rich turkey liver or chicken for high quality protein.
- Complex carbohydrates to aid in appetite control.
- L-carnitine to help your pet utilize more fat as energy and maintain lean muscle mass.
Of course, it’s possible to overfeed any diet, even a Weight Management formulation. Be sure to check the feeding recommendations on the packaging, which are based on your pet’s weight.
If your pet needs to lose weight, please read this supporting article for additional, important information.