Stopping your Pet from Overeating
Overeating can be a serious problem for pets as it can lead to health issues
including osteoarthritis, heart problems and even shorten their lifespan. Keeping on top of your pets eating habits is important.
Understand why your pet is overeating
The first step is to get the cause of your pet’s overeating. Pets can overeat for many reasons including stress, health issues, hormone imbalance or simply because they have access to too much food. Monitor your pet’s behaviour and patterns. When are they coming to you, or their bowl for food? How is there temperament generally? It’s always a good idea to visit your vet to rule out any health issues as well.
Get a plan in place
It’s never a good idea to suddenly take away food from your pet. The drastic change in their intake could cause further issues. It needs to be done slowly. You may also need to change what you’re feeding them. Low quality products can lack nutrition, which could be the reason why your pet doesn’t feel full after eating. Get a plan in place,
consult a vet if you need to and work out what the best food is for your breed of pet, and how much they should be eating.
Get into a routine
Once you have the plan in place, it’s up to you to implement the routine. Try to feed your pet around the same times each day. They will soon become used to it and expect to eat then (and not during other times). Be mindful of how much you give your pet at each serve.
If your pet has snacks or treats, make sure they are good quality. There are healthier options for treats
for pets as well. Treats should also be just that – a treat. Try not to go overboard and be aware of how many you are giving your pet.