Your Pet Have a Healthy Appetite?
by Darlene Zagata
can play a significant role in the state of your pet's health. Is
your pet a picky eater or always begging for more? Changes in appetite
may be more difficult to distinguish in cats since they tend to
be more finicky eaters than dogs. But changes in eating patterns
such as not eating a favorite food or refusing to eat may be an
indication of illness. If lack of appetite is accompanied by weight
loss or other symptoms your pet needs to be seen by a veterinarian
since it may signify sickness or disease.
is best not to change the type of food that comprises the pet's
regular diet unless suggested by a veterinarian. Pets may act in
an indifferent manner to feeding if their diet is changed abruptly.
For example, if a pet has always been fed table scraps and then
is suddenly switched to a diet of dry commercial food, the animal
may be reluctant to eat. Some cats prefer dry food over canned or
vice versa. Adding new foods or changing the diet should be done
pet owners want to make sure that their pets are fed adequately
and are getting enough to eat but what about pets that are obese?
We don't often realize that pets can become overweight from dietary
factors or due to metabolism. It is important to feed your pet a
healthy diet but it is not necessary to overfeed them.
also need adequate exercise. Dogs should have room to run but if
housing doesn't permit space for this then at the very least, the
dog should be walked frequently on a regular basis. Cats seem to
be mischievous by nature and have a natural inclination to be playful
even when left to their own devices but they can also become lazy.
Engage your cat or dog in play. It can be good for your health too
especially when you find yourself laughing at the antics of your
pets need a healthy diet and exercise just as we do so why not incorporate
some fun time for you and your pet into your workout time. You could
always take the dog along for your morning jog. Of course, keeping
up with the dog might turn into more of a sprint than a jog. Regardless
of your form of exercise, keep in mind that pets need exercise and
good nutrition just as their human companions.
your pet seems unusually lethargic or you notice changes in eating
patterns, consult your veterinarian. Make note of any other changes
as well. Careful observance can be the first step in keeping your
pet healthy and fit inside and out.
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