Helping our pets lose some pounds can be a challenge but the rewards are great. Having a pet who is at a healthy weight can contribute to more enjoyable days for them and can add years to their life. If your dog is overweight by even five pounds, there's a risk of them developing serious medical issues and concerns and could even potentially shorten their lives. Cats can develop issues if they're as little as two pounds above their ideal weight.
The first step for any weight loss plan is to have your pet examined by your veterinarian who can make a recommendation about the number of calories, and the activity level that will help them get back into prime shape.