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Q&A: How can I help my pets lose weight?


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Dr. Lauren Brickman writes a pet health and care column for Read all the Q&As she’s shared
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Q: My vet says my pets are a little overweight. What is the best way to help them get healthy?

A: It is very important not to let our pets become overweight. Overweight animals are more susceptible to certain diseases and joint problems. Lean pets tend to live longer than those with excess weight. Most pet food stores carry special foods that can help your pet stay lean or even lose weight. Diets designed for less active or senior pets tend to have less calories and fat.

There are also diets formulated specifically for weight loss. If
over-the-counter foods don’t work, your veterinarian will most likely
carry prescription weight-loss foods.

But diet alone is not enough to get your pet to lose weight.

Exercise plays a big role in weight loss and dogs will greatly benefit
from longer walks and more running. Indoor cats can be coaxed to
exercise by playing with them with toys or laser lights, which cats
enjoy chasing.

If you have questions about your pet’s health, you can submit them to
Dr. Lauren at

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