Signs That Say “My Pet Is Overweight”

October 17th, 2013 | By Marjie No Comments

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had a dog or cat walk by holding a sign that says, “I really need to get in shape. Could we please talk about my diet and exercise?” So how do we know when our pets need some health and wellness attention? It’s actually easier than you think to determine whether your dog or cat is overweight.

Here are some signs every dog and cat owner can watch for:

  • Is it difficult to feel Fido’s ribs or spine?
  • Does Kitty look like a corn dog (and yes, we think that’s a funny description for a cat!) because she has no real waistline?
  • Is Daisy’s tummy sagging (even basset hound owners should be aware of this one!)?
  • Does Purrrrty’s face look perfectly round with large cheeks?

There are a few signs that are specific to CATS. For instance, does your cat …

  • Often seem to be tired or even lazy?
  • Hesitate to jump onto furniture?
  • Have difficult grooming properly?
  • Have matted hair on his back or tail?
  • Refuse or resist playing games with you or with his own toys?

And some signs are specific to DOGS. Does your dog …

  • Often seem tired or even lazy?
  • Constantly fall behind when you’re on walks together?
  • Pant constantly (not just when he’s been playing hard or when it’s hot)?
  • Need help getting into the car?
  • Refuse or resist playing games with you or with her own toys?
  • Bark and greet people without getting up?

It’s up to you to read the signs that your pets need a healthier diet and/or more exercise. They rely on you for their meals, entertainment, shelter, and companionship. If you’ll watch for signs that they need better nutrition and fitness, you can help them stay healthier longer. And that means you’ll be together longer.

So check your dog and cat, and help them live long and healthy lives … for your sake and for their own!

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