Pet Insurance Podgy Pets Need A Diet Plan

Is your pet overweight? Four out of​ every ten pets are obese says one of​ the​ UK 's largest pet insurers.

Owners are overfeeding their dogs and cats with massive portions and fatty foods as​ well lots of​ treats from the​ table. This had led to​ a​ huge increase in​ the​ number of​ pet insurance claims for health problems brought on​ by obesity.

Petplan has revealed that during the​ last five years it​ has seen a​ 60% increase in​ obesity related claims amongst the​ 800,​000 pets it​ covers. as​ a​ result there are reports that some pet insurers are looking at​ cutting payouts if​ your pet is​ obese.

Obesity in​ pets causes many of​ the​ same problems it​ does in​ humans. an​ overweight pet is​ prone to​ many weight related conditions including: joint,​ ligament and tendon difficulties,​ breathing and heart problems and diabetes. Obese cats can also contract skin disorders from not being able to​ groom themselves thoroughly. the​ overall impact of​ obesity on​ your pets' comfort and longevity could be catastrophic.

But perhaps there's good news. It's easier for you​ to​ trim down your pets weight than it​ is​ for you​ to​ fight the​ battle of​ the​ bulge. After all,​ your pet can't grab the​ car keys for a​ trip to​ the​ chippy or​ phone out for a​ Chinese. They can't even open the​ refrigerator door on​ their own! Your pet eats what you​ give it​ - so you're in​ control. So if​ it's fat,​ that's your responsibility. Equally,​ the​ remedy is​ in​ your hands. Although exercise might not be your bag,​ your pet will always be up for a​ walk or​ a​ game with a​ toy on​ a​ string,​ or​ most popular of​ all doggy games,​ fetch the​ stick.

So how do you​ know if​ your pet is​ overweight? a​ healthy pet will always have some padding on​ them - but a​ little is​ quite enough! Start off by gently rubbing your hands over their ribs. you​ should be able to​ feel their ribs and the​ skin should move easily back and forth. Then step back and look at​ your pet from the​ side - if​ your pet looks pregnant and it​ shouldn't be,​ it's overweight! Your pet should also have a​ obvious waist at​ the​ base of​ the​ rib cage,​ a​ small tuck-in around the​ stomach area. Now look at​ your pet from above - it's equally bad news if​ you​ can see a​ bump out from its middle into an​ apple shape. Birds too can be obese. Examine polly for rolls of​ fat or​ a​ thicker breast.

Certain breeds and species of​ pet are more likely to​ develop weight problems. in​ dogs,​ labradors and spaniels are especially liable to​ fatten up,​ as​ do beagles,​ corgis and retrievers. in​ cats the​ less-active breeds such as​ Persians are far more likely to​ gain weight than the​ go-go breeds such as​ Abyssinians and Siamese. And in​ birds,​ Amazon parrots are special contenders to​ expand into perch potatoes.

Please be aware that crash diets aren't a​ good idea for pets. Be especially careful with cats who can develop a​ fatal liver problem if​ they're forced to​ lose weight too quickly. Pets don't get obese overnight and it​ should not be forced to​ slim down too quickly. Only feed at​ set meal times and be sure to​ cut out those tip bits. Then introduce more exercise. Your vet should also advise you​ on​ a​ regime of​ special diet foods. Be sure to​ do all of​ this gradually but please,​ be committed – your pet's life may depend on​ it.

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