The tips take some of the more recent issues in pet health — such as the pet obesity epidemic — into consideration, as well as some of the latest advancements in pet nutrition and health.
- Limit treats to no more than 10% of your pet’s daily caloric intake
- Invest in slow feeder bowls to reduce overall calorie consumption while also providing enrichment
- Separate eating areas to prevent one dog or cat from consuming food meant for another
- Seek out complete and balanced sources of nutrition
- Be mindful of what activities do (and do not) interest your pets and engage them accordingly
“Just like humans, overweight dogs and cats are more likely to get diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, skin conditions, liver disease and joint problems. Starting a diet and exercise regimen for both you and your pet in 2019 will result in improved health and perhaps a longer life for both of you.”
— John de Jong President, AVMA
As with any modification to your pets’ dietary or fitness routines, always consult a veterinarian before adopting any changes.
Source: How to keep pets healthy in 2019