Here are some tips to help you find out if you’re overfeeding your pet — and get him back on the road to health.
Is your pet gaining weight? The most common sign of overfeeding is weight gain in your pet. Weight gain can cause a host of health problems, so it's better to keep an eye on things before your pet puts on the extra pounds. Find out your dog or cat's ideal weight from his veterinarian, and make sure he doesn't stray from that number.
Calculate how much food your pet needs: Check your pet's food to ensure that you feed him the proper amount. Typically, a label will provide the recommended amount of food you should give your pet by weight and activity level. If you need help to calculate the right serving, contact your veterinarian.
Feed on a schedule: Timing may also affect your pet's weight. Therefore, try to get your pet onto a healthy feeding schedule. Feed your pet balanced portions two or three times a day, rather than feeding him all at once. This will help to make him feel full throughout the day.
Don't feed table scraps: You may not think twice about slipping your pooch or kitty a little bite under the table, but this is a dangerous practice. For pets, eating human food can quickly lead to weight gain, other issues such as liver disease, and even death. So, the next time you want to share your dinner, think twice.
Overfeeding your pet can lead to serious problems. Though your pet may whine, cry or meow for extra food, remember that sticking to a balanced diet will help keep him healthy and happy for years to come.
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