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Animal charities are calling on owners to address their pets diets and prevent an obesity crisis among the nations dogs and cats.
Battersea Vet Phil Robinson says: The amount a pet needs to eat depends on its breed, age and size, but as a rough indication, a small dog only needs about 350 calories a day while a cat is looking at about 280 calories. So a slice of toast is equal to a third of the dogs daily calories. Do not fall for those appealing eyes when you are eating your dinner, as your pet simply does not need your scraps. Obesity can lead to a host of health problems and is a silent killer.
We all know how easy it is to put on weight and once having put it on how difficult it is to lose it. Overweight dogs are much more likely to develop diabetes, arthritis and heart and respiratory conditions. So there are good reasons why an overweight adult dog should not only be returned to its ideal weight but also be maintained at it.
This is where a specially formulated light food can be used to advantage. With the light food you do not need to cut down drastically the amount you feed the dog and it will have a well-balanced diet which provides the correct amount of calories alongside all the other essential nutrients and not leave the dog feeling hungry.
This is where Wolfit can help with specially formulated food which provides the right number of calories and nutrients but has the bulk that makes the dog feel satisfied.