Fur kids rule! Managing your pet’s weight: 3 tips for keeping dogs and cats healthy

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Like humans, dogs and cats can suffer from health problems associated with aging and weight. In fact, 3 out of 5 cats and dogs are overweight or obese, according to Packaged Facts’ US pet market forecast.

Obesity in pets can lead to many health problems, including diabetes, cancer, and arthritis, according to research published in the “Journal of Veterinary Medicine.” While following a sedentary lifestyle and overfeeding are common factors that can lead to overweight or obesity in pets, these simple tips from the pet food experts at Go! Solutions can help you manage the weight of your dog or cat to ensure he lives a happy and healthy life.

Exercise and play regularly

Just as important as your pet’s diet is to ensure it is active. For dogs, regular walks and hikes are a simple way to provide mental stimulation, improve muscle strength, increase metabolism, and help reduce boredom while also getting the necessary exercise. For high-energy dogs who need more stimulation, games like fetch, hide and drag can help them burn extra energy and get tired more quickly on days when you don’t have time to spend hours outside with them.

For cats, consider scratching posts, courtship poles, obstacle courses, setting up platforms on multiple levels, and simple games like fake balls and mice to keep them active and engaged. Some cats can even be trained to walk.

Eat nutritional needs

Diet is a major factor in weight management for dogs and cats. The ideal diet for your pet provides the right balance of micro and macro nutrients, including protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals as well as the right portion size to help prevent obesity. Formulated by the expert nutrition team at Petcurean, Go! Weight Management Solutions + Joint Care Grain Free Chicken Recipe provides complete, balanced nutrition featuring high quality, functional ingredients with meals that are free of artificial byproducts and preservatives.

To support a healthy weight and mobile joints in adult and elderly dogs, cats, the formula includes L-carnitine to help burn fats and convert them into energy and fiber-rich psyllium husks to help keep pets feeling full. Glucosamine and chondroitin in dog formula and chondroitin from chicken cartilage in cat formula help support healthy joints and good movement.

Keep treats under control

An important part of losing and managing weight is limiting the extra calories you provide your pet outside of their regular daily diet. A little extra can go a long way, so keep packaged treats to a minimum and be aware of things like slipping pet table scraps or letting him or her lick the semi-empty peanut butter jar. Maintaining those extra calories can help keep your pet’s diet – and overall health – on track.

Find more ideas for providing your dog or cat with complete, balanced nutrition at: www.go-solutions.com.

Source: Go! Solution

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