It has been observed that pets across the globe have been found gaining weight at a very swift rate. This often leads to obesity and then diseases in pet. But the worrying aspect is that obesity does not result from lack of care. If you are too attached to your pets, you will definitely provide them with food that makes them fat. (This is extremely criminal!!) You need to understand that pets always crave for food and it is one of the easiest ways as a pet-parent to show your love towards them. But giving food is one thing and not maintaining the weight of the pet is another. It is your responsibility as a pet-parent to ensure that your pet ingests food that is good for their health.
Dr. Joanne Sillince, Managing Director of Pets Australia quotes, “Rule number one for managing your pet’s weight is: don’t let your pet get overweight in the first place. There is no use waiting until your pet is fat, especially when they are middle-aged, as it becomes almost impossible to shift because they can also have sore joints.”
Thankfully, there are different low-calorie treats that can easily make your pet lose the extra weight they have put on in recent times. The great thing about the list mentioned below is the fact that even if your pet ingests these treats for the number of times there is no risk of high calorie intake:
Hills’s Canine R/D Weight Loss – Low Calorie Dog Food
Hill’s R/D Canine Weight Loss-Low Calorie Dog Food is a weight loss formulation for overweight dogs. This nutritious, rich diet reduces weight and help gain optimal weight for better health. Loaded with high quality nutrients, it provides low calorie content and prevents buildup of fat. It reduces 22% of body fat just in 2 months of feeding. Feed this delicacy only after your vet’s consent.
Eukanuba Healthy Extras Adult Weight Control Dog Food
Eukanuba Healthy Extras Adult Weight Control Dog Food is especially formulated for adult dogs with normal activity and weight levels – 1 year and older. This dry food can be used for adult dogs:
- Between 1-7 years for small and medium breed dogs weighing < 25 kg.
- Between 1 – 6 years, large breed (25 – 40 kg) dogs
- Between 2 – 5 years, giant breed (> 40 kg) dogs
This dog food consists of highly digestible, quality animal based protein that supports healthy muscular and skeletal development of adult dogs. It comes in a convenient resealable package.
Advance Dog Food Adult Weight Control W/Chicken
Advance Weight Control is a complete diet for all breeds of less active dogs and those having tendency towards obesity. Made up of various nutrients blended in the correct proportion, these kibbles ensure overall wellbeing of the pet.
Royal Canin Feline Obesity Management Food
Royal Canin Feline Obesity Management Food is ideal for obese pets. This dry food provides essential nutrients to pet. Daily intake of this diet considerably controls weight gain. It provides proteins for muscle mass and other nutrients to meet deficiencies to combat low calorie intake. Regular feed helps to reduce excessive body weight without compromising on required nutrients for optimal health.
Please remember that treats should make up only 5 to 10 percent of your pet’s diet – the rest should come from a nutritionally complete pet food. Some of the other low-calorie treats for dogs include:
- Apple slices (without seeds)
- Carrot sticks
- Cooked lean meats
- Plain cooked pasta
- Small pieces of baked potato or baked sweet potato (no unripe potatoes or potato plants)
- Unsalted almonds
- Zucchini slices
For cats, you can integrate the following low-calorie treats:
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Chopped greens
- Cooked carrots and zucchini (either shredded or cut into bite-sized pieces)
- Cooked pasta
- Green beans
- Rice cakes
- Small amounts of cooked fish
- Steamed broccoli
- Unbuttered unsalted popcorn
- Winter squash
You should not give following food to your pets:
- Macadamia nuts
- Sugarless (Xylitol) candies and gum
- Yeast dough
If in case your pet eats these foods right away take them to a veterinary physician.
If you are giving prescription diet to your pet, ensure that you take prior advice from a veterinary physician before introducing the delicacy to your pet’s food. This becomes very significant for pets that are on a diet that prevent food allergies. Please note that good treats for pets on prescription diet can be prepared utilizing the prescription food.
Introducing minor changes in the diet or lifestyle of your pet can go a long way in ensuring that your pet is always healthy. Think twice before providing calorie-rich delicacy to your pet. This can have a long-lasting effect on your pet’s body.
For more information, visit our website (http://www.vetsupply.com.au/articles/all-about-dog-nutrition-center.aspx) to get information about nutritional needs of dogs. You can use high calorie treats in moderation during festive occasions (which is an exception!!). During this season of giving, ensure that your pet remains healthy by ingesting low-calorie treats.