Reasons for Overfeeding:
The owners of the pet are so attached with their pets, that they often feed their pets worrying that it might not remain hungry or starved. Every time the cat meows or dog bows, it is considered as a sign of hunger. When a dog is overfed, the animal easily begins to gain weight. A dog is considered obese when it weighs more than 20% of his or her ideal weight.
Disease in pets like dog and cat due to obesity:
Overfeeding in pets can lead to obesity, which makes the pet inactive
to play and exercise. Obesity in pets can cause serious health ailments which
can be proved to be fatal. Obesity when combined with a sedentary life style
can prove to be very dangerous. Following are the disease which might occur in
case of pets like dog and cat due to overfeeding:
- Skin Problems
- Respiratory Problems
- Bloating and Gastric Problems
- Liver Disease (Cats)
- Higher Anesthetic Risk
- Worsened Fatigue
- Loss of appetite
- Short life span
How Much Food Should a Dog Eat Every Day?
Determining how much food your dog should consume per day is simple. First, use the label on the dog food bag or can as a guide.This recommendation will provide a good estimate.
- Myth: I can leave food out all the time. My pet will only eat as much as he or she needs.
Fact: While some pets will self-regulate how much they eat, most pets will overeat if an owner keeps their food bowl full. You should measure your pet’s daily food.
- Myth: Steak, cheese and other foods are fine for me, so they must be fine to feed my pet.
Fact: The excessive amounts of fat and calories in human foods can easily lead to obesity in pets.
- Myth: Pet food packaging gives accurate portions on the label. If I just follow those, my pet will be a good weight.
Fact: The portions indicated on pet nutrition labels are based on an average pet. Individual pet needs may vary by as much as 25% according to your pet health condition.