Getting out of overweight or obesity goes through diet. But wanting to make your pet lose weight isn’t enough for it to work. To win this battle, it is better to plan a fight plan and take your veterinarian as a warlord.
An overweight cat or dog that is being put on a diet needs regular medical monitoring. A monthly check-up will allow you to adjust the diet to the pace of weight loss and encourage you to continue! Do not hesitate to go to your veterinarian’s clinic to use the platform scale if you have a large dog or not always agree to the weighing when it is you who do it …
LOSE FAT ONLY
When excess weight has been installed for a long time, the organism works “on the economy”. To initiate weight loss, therefore, it is necessary to reduce calorie intakeimportantly. However, it is contraindicated to simply limit the amount of food usually distributed. The animal will feel frustrated, clamor, and too much food restriction exposes it to nutritional deficiencies. If he lacks protein, his muscles will melt … Better to use a specially formulated food. Many are commercially available. Although the recipes vary, they are all characterized by fairly simple nutritional principles: low fat (to limit calories), high amounts of fiber and protein (to fight against the feeling of hunger in animals) and a contribution enriched in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids essential to compensate for the low volume of food consumed.
ACT FOR THE LONG TERM
To be effective, weight loss must be steady but slow. At the rate of about 1% weight loss per week, it will take several months without breaking down. The prospect of saving additional years of healthy life for his animal is usually enough for the owner to keep him on course. In case of weakness, a regular visit to the veterinarian is an opportunity to put the objective back in the viewfinder. But what can motivate the owner is also the change of behavior of his animal and this well before having reached the desired objective. Within the framework of the veterinary practice, many of them admit that their animal seems more joyful, more active. When it comes to a cat, the owners find that the latter is closer to them, that their personal hygiene improves. As for the dogs, they seem to take pleasure in going out again because their joint pains decrease … Walking longer with your dog is also good for your owner: studies show that having a dog is a guarantee of good health for the owner! As weight loss progresses, your pet’s health improves: dogs ‘heart rate and blood pressure decrease, cats’ insulin and blood sugar levels decrease, etc.
COMBINE DRY AND WET
During a weight loss diet, food “begging” behaviors appear in some animals, but there are ways to calm their appetite. Increasing the frequency of meals and combining dry and wet foods seems to be effective in cats. This is the case with Cookie, who his mistress forced into a diet following a move. “He could no longer go out as in our old accommodation. Suddenly, he was gaining weight because we fed him the same way. We therefore opted for well-dosed freshness sachets, given twice a day, says Karine, its owner. And we give him kibbles to stave off his hunger, either by throwing them to him to make him run, or by hiding them so that the food intake lasts a little. ”
THE YO-YO EFFECT
The famous “rebound or yo-yo” effect, which is equivalent to regaining weight after a diet, is also observed in dogs and cats, when the owner relaxes his attention once the target weight has been reached. We must really avoid this phenomenon because it leads to regrettable consequences. First, because a second regime will be less effective and more difficult to implement. The energy restriction will therefore have to be even more severe … Then because the teacher will tend to become discouraged and abandon the diet. Finally, it happens that the master, feeling guilty for the failure of the first diet, then the second, subsequently avoids talking about the weight of his animal with the veterinarian. The rebound effect is observed in about half of obese cats who have followed a low-calorie diet, especially in young cats; those over 8 years of age are less likely to gain weight after their diet.