Pet Obesity Awareness

Pet Obesity Awareness

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day takes place every year in October. It is a day to remind people to keep their pets healthy. Obesity is the #1 health risk for pets. Now is the perfect time to start focusing on your pet’s weight. When your cat or dog starts to look a little plump, you know it is time for a few things – more walks, fewer table scraps, and perhaps even an additional visit to your vet. Here is why it is important to maintain your pet’s weight and why it should be your number one priority!

Pet obesity is well-known for causing the following:
– Chronic inflammation
– Reduced life expectancy
– Weakened immune system
– Cardiac diseases
– Joint problems
– Diabetes
– Respiratory disorders
– Cancer
– Metabolic disorders
– Kidney dysfunction
– Poor quality of life

You can use several strategies if your cat or dog has put on some weight.

  • Portion Control: Measure your pet’s food.
  • Calorie Deficit Diet: Prefer feeding a low-carb, low-fat diet.
  • Fibres: Add more fibres to their diet to help keep them fuller for longer.
  • No Unhealthy Treats: Give only healthy and natural treats such as Crumps Sweet Potato chews – available at your local Feeds’n Needs.
  • Regular Exercise: More walks and exercise help burn extra fat.
  • Dry Food/Wet Food: Wet pet food has a higher water content, which promotes feeling full.

If you’ve tried all these strategies and your pet is still not showing any signs of losing weight, visit or call your veterinarian for the best suggestions.

Use the charts below to help you recognize pet obesity. If you think your pet might be overweight, visit your local Feeds’n Needs and ask our Experts what treats and food might be best for your furry friend!

Emily Ernest

Store Manager, Port Williams NS