Many of us have been guilty of succumbing to our pets “sad face” or “puppy dog eyes” as they beg for our food when we are eating. While it can be difficult to resist, many of our foods are not healthy for our pets and can even be harmful to them. Another issue with table food can also be weight gain. It is important for we as owners, to limit the caloric intake of our pets. “An effective individualized weight loss program provides a consistent and healthy rate of weight loss to reduce risk of disease, prevent malnutrition, and improve quality of life. Weight loss is achieved with appropriate caloric restriction, diet selection, exercise, and strategies to help modify behavior of both the pet and client.” (Burns, 2014) When weight loss programs have not become successful, there is the possibility of other underlying issues and the pet should be examined by a Veterinarian.
Burns, 2014. AAHA develops guidelines for weight management. https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/140215g.aspx