Obesity in dogs and cats
Sometimes we need to lose weight put on because of feasting at the table and it might happen that also our pet is not “fit.” When we look at Fido or Pussy and think “it is a bit overweight, but he is always hungry … how can I refuse to feed it, when it asks me with those demanding eyes …”.
So, without realizing it, we contribute to the overweight of our 4-legged friend until he becomes overweight. After hours snacks, administration of food at will, leftovers from the table, reduced body exercise are among the key factors promoting excess weight in the pet, along with the overweight predisposition of certain breeds and the sterilization.
Obesity is not just an aesthetics matter but primarily a clinical issue with generalized adverse effects on the body, among which we can mention: reduced fatigue resistance, chronic stress on joints with increased risk of osteoarthritis, reduction of life expectation. In addition, the overweight condition predisposes to degenerative senile pathologies, as hormonal imbalances including diabetes, reduced efficiency of the immune system, liver diseases, urinary problems, respiratory and cardiac disorders. Also during surgery an obese subject is exposed to a higher anesthetic risk, while during the hot season there could be problems of thermostatic temperature control due to a reduced heat loss.
To help your 4-legged friend to lose weight safely, you should entrust your veterinarian’s nutritional advices and promote its calorie consumption thanks to slow but long walks several times a day. It might also be useful to divide the daily ration in more meals to promote satiety sensation for longer time, reducing the ongoing search for food.
The veterinarian will prescribe a customized diet to your pet, with proportionate amount of fats, proteins, dietary fibers and vitamins, such as carnitine known as fat-burning substance. Reducing the daily ration is not enough because it could cause nutritional deficiencies. It is very important to rely on diets specifically designed to reduce obesity.
Gheda Petfood is constantly interested in the wellness of pets and therefore has studied effective nutritional profiles to countervail body weight excess.
The solution to this kind of problems in dogs is represented by Gemma Diet Adult & Mature Sensible Obesity, a diet food indicated for the reduction of body weight excess and high levels of triglycerides in the blood. Thanks to the high content of marine Omega 3, it helps manage the chronic inflammation due to excessive body fat, a condition that predisposes to all related diseases. The selected dietary fibers help the pet feel a prolonged sense of satiety, ensuring the successful conclusion of the weight loss programs. Moreover, the integration of carnitine and the increased levels of proteins accelerate the process of loss of body fat while maintaining muscle mass.
For cats Gheda Petfood has been conceived the nutraceutical solution that helps prevent the accumulation of weight in prone subjects. Wellcat Adult In-Home Sterilized is a functional food suitable for cats living mostly at home, with little physical activity, or which have been sterilized. The extract of Curcuma longa, concentrated source of curcumin and other bio-flavonoids, soothes the chronic inflammation caused by widespread body fat. Finally, the integration of carnitine acts as a “fat-burner” at cellular level, maintains the muscle tone and prevents fat accumulation in the liver in case of energy restriction.