Weight control is now a significant factor for both the human and animal population in urban areas. Many conditions such as osteoarthritis and pancreatitis have weight management as their prevention and treatment.
Obesity can be prevented by feeding your animal a good quality, balanced dog or cat food. Prevention is far more economical than the lifelong management of obesity and the diseases associated with it.
Dogs and cats are often diagnosed as obese by a combination of weight charts and body scoring. Obesity is defined as weighing 30% more than the ideal weight.
If my dog is overweight, will his behaviour change?
Most overweight or obese dogs are less active and do not play as much as normal dogs. These pets may be reluctant to climb stairs or jump into cars and often pant excessively after very minor exertion.
What is the cause of obesity?
Obesity occurs when your pet eats more calories than he burns.
What can I do?
Weight loss in pets is achieved by reduced food intake and increased physical activity. Ask us about our Royal Canin Weight loss food and tips to help your pet lose weight. Encourage exercise twice daily, measure out your animals daily food allowance and give treats (if required) from this. Weight loss is often a matter of diligence and persistence. Remember that the reason you are doing this is to help your pet live as long and healthy a life as possible.