Here is a body condition score sheet to indicate what an ideal weight is. Keep in mind the breed of the animal.
We have compiled a list of 5 things we recommend to help your animal get to their correct weight!
1. Stop free-feeding: If you leave a bowl of food out all day for your pet, it’s time to put the bowl away and set up a feeding schedule. A little something for breakfast and a little something for dinner is all an adult cat or dog really needs. . To help them shave pounds, put away your pet’s food.
2. Save treats for special occasions or training: Dishing out treats nonstop is an easy way for your pet to pile on the extra calories. Make treats a super special thing, something they either get rarely or something they earn through exercise or training.
3. No more table scraps: Feeding pets from the dinner table is a big no-no for many reasons, including weight gain. Table scraps are loaded with extra calories (and additives, preservatives, sugar and other things) that your pet doesn’t need. Select a high-quality food for your pet and stick with that. They may look super cute when they ask for a little nibble from your dinner plate, but saying “no” to the begging is the real way to show them you care.
4. Ramp up the exercise (slowly!): Add in more time every day for exercise. But, just like an out-of-shape human should avoid going overboard on the exercise when beginning a new training routine, cats and dogs need to slowly add a little more exercise a day while they build up their muscles and lose the extra weight. Too much too soon can lead to heat stroke, muscle tears or joint problems. So add just a few extra minutes of walking or playing each day so your pet can get their figure back while avoiding injuries.