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How to Prevent Pet Obesity

11/01/21

Pet obesity is more common than you think. Approximately 52% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight. Unfortunately, obesity in pets is not much different than it is in humans, and often leads to a whole host of other health problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, hypothyroidism, and arthritis to name a few. Nobody wants to see their furry friend suffer, especially when there is something that can be done to prevent it. The two most important things that can make all the difference is diet and exercise. Again, this not much different than it is for humans, except that animals cannot control their desire to over eat and they typically rely on humans for access to food. So, this is where you can be proactive in managing your pet's weight! It's so important to pay attention not only to how much you are feeding your pet, but to also know what is in the food you are feeding him/her. Pet food ingredients vary, and some contain more preservatives than others. Pets do better on minimally processed, whole-food diets. If you are trying to decide what is a good amount of food to feed your pet daily, its best to err on the side of feeding less as research has proven that pets eating a calorie restrictive diet live an average of two years longer. Keeping your pets healthy also means making daily physical activity a priority. This can also be done indoors when the weather is bad. Cats and dogs don't mind chasing things in the house or playing fetch indoors. They are simply happy just doing something with you, so make it fun! No one wants to have to medicate their pet, but there are certain conditions that do need treatment, so when faced with medication needs, BCP Veterinary Pharmacy is the best in the business. BCP is the ORIGINAL animal only compounding pharmacy since 1995. The founder and owner, Jennifer Gimon has dedicated her career to making the best possible product for your pet. Whether it's a tasty, medicated chew treat, suspension, transdermal medication, or sterile product, you can be sure that the medication has been created both carefully, with the best ingredients!