Tips For Caring For Your Pet: #4

Posted by wadmin on Thursday, January 26, 2017

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Our pets are our best friends. We love them and they love us. But just like we have basic needs for our health so do our pets. Here are a few tips for taking care of your pets and making sure they are as healthy as possible.

4. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Many dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese. And just like people, obesity in pets comes with health risks that include diabetes, arthritis, and cancer.

Overfeeding is the leading cause of obesity, says Douglas, who adds that keeping our pets trim can add years to their lives.

Because pets need far fewer calories than most of us think — as little as 185-370 a day for a small, inactive dog; just 240-350 calories daily for a 10-pound cat — talk to your vet, who can make feeding suggestions based on your pet’s age, weight, and lifestyle.

Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog needs a checkup, shots, vaccines, give us a call at 503.666.1600.

SRC: pets.webmd.com/ask-pet-health-11/vets-pet-care