While we're showing ourselves some self-love at the gym, our pets might also be getting some extra love. Especially shown in the form of treats...perhaps more than one...or a couple...
It's okay - you are not alone in being the victim to puppy eyes and cute tricks our fur babies do for us. However, even as we love our pets and love feeding our pets, it's been shown that obesity can decrease their life span by 2 years. In dogs, they become more prone to diabetes and osteoarthritis.
Luckily, the weight that was put on can always be lost. It's important to consult your veterinarian for an appropriate diet and amount of food you should be feeding your pet. However, we have some tips and tricks that will help your pooch lose its pooch:
1. Switch out your pet's treats for vegetables or his/her own food. Only 10% of your dog's total calories should come from treats, and they are usually more calorically dense than regular dog food. If you know you tend to be treat happy, this is a great trick to decrease your dog's calorie consumption.
2. Get a puzzle feeder. There are plenty available on Amazon and other online shops. A puzzle feeder slows down your dog's eating time, allowing them to really savor their food. If your dog tends to inhale his/her food, this might be a good option so that they slow down their eating and enjoy their food for longer.
We hope this was helpful to you! Delta Life Fitness wants to support your mental and physical wellbeing during this global health crisis and we hope that our content has given your day just a little bit more joy. Stay safe and stay healthy!