Is your pet just obsessed with food? No worries, you are not alone. There are countless pet owners that suffer from this same issue. Yes, it's hard to resist when your pet is staring at you with those soulful sad eyes, but you must resist, pet obesity is on the rise and can have long term effects on your pets health and your pocket book.
Typically we start out by recommending a structured diet. The frequency and serving size all depends on the size and activity level of your pet. Also switching them to a healthy all natural food free of by-products and fillers will not only help with weight control but is beneficial to their long term health as well. We had a vet explain it to us like this "feeding your pet poor quality food with by-products and fillers as their primary diet would be like you eating fast food everyday and then questioning why you have massive health issues later in life", this made a lot of sense to us. Right now most people are reading this and thinking "well that can't be cheap", you would be surprised. Over the past couple of years the market for all natural, organic, raw and limited ingredient pet foods has exploded. Now there are countless brands and types of healthy foods for different breeds, diets, weight control, joint support and digestive ailments. With these types of food becoming more common place in the market has resulted in the prices for these types of foods to drop to a price level where they are competitive with cheap foods that contain by products and fillers.
"feeding your pet poor quality food with by-products and fillers as their primary diet would be like you eating fast food everyday and then questioning why you have massive health issues later in life"
We also suggest taking the same type of approach with treats. In lieu of table food or scraps, substitute if for a all natural, organic or limited ingredient treat. They are not only delicious but super healthy for your pet and this will not only help with controlling their weight but is much easier on their tummies. That is because these types of treats are made from natural ingredients and contain vital proteins and nutrients that their bodies can burn efficiently. Please note that this doesn't mean they can chow down on the whole bag, you still need to restrict their intake. And if you do allow your pet to have table food you will need to manage this as well. There are several yummy holiday goodies that are healthy for your pet, here are some examples - pumpkin, sweet potatoes, peas, carrots, apples, brown rice, and turkey (without the bones). And of course all of these need to be given in moderation.
Lastly, pets need lots and lots of exercise! We commonly forget that our friends ancestors were wild animals that burn a ton of calories everyday while on the hunt for their next meal. Take this same approach and your little chunky monkey will be in tip top shape in no time.
If you have questions about your pets diet or how to switch them over to a healthy all natural food you can contact one of the helpful staff members over at Allpets Emporium. You can email them here - firstname.lastname@example.org