Recently, I went back to discussing food issues in some detail. It is important to understand that we do have ways of helping out pets not only with their diets, but with preventing things from happening long term.
Obesity in Pets and Ways to Deal with It We have discussed this before. Obesity is an issue for both humans and pets when talking about arthritis. Overweight pets are not only more prone to developing arthritis, those who have joint related issues experience greater difficulties when obesity is present.
Simple Solutions When pets are young, and I refer to those under age of one, we put them at greater risk of obesity through our own actions. I think that most of us are likely to feed them more and to provide "treats" because this seems to satisfy both pet and us. I mean, who can refuse food to a cute little dog or cat?
They are all little "beggars" at this stage. This is also time when their bodies are more prone to developing fat cells. Now, part of this is our own fault because we are more likely to "give in" when they are seeking food. Of course by doing so, we are setting in motion a long-term problem.
We Control Future Here This pattern of feeding too much in early years gives rise to long-term obesity. It is not found in animals that are living in wild. They tend to be lean and this leads us to conclusion that it is domestic pets that suffer greatest risk here.
Unfortunately, if we are over feeding our pets when they are young, we tend to continue this pattern. Even as they grow beyond this first year or so of life, we just keep giving in to their demands. Of course, obesity leaves pets more prone to developing medical conditions; and for our purposes, it makes development and management of arthritis more difficult.