How many of us see our pets begging for food and give in to their “act of starvation”? What we don’t think about is how our pets could be playing us! No animal wants to be on a diet, but as pet owners, we need to be aware that a fat pet is not necessarily a happy pet. Obesity in pets can result in health problems and a shorter life span overall. So while you may think you are showering them with love by giving them an extra helping of food, you could be setting them up for problems in later life. That is why it is important to look up the average healthy weight that your pet should be, and to keep them within those boundaries. You can keep your pet’s weight in check not only by regulating their eating habits, but also by exercising them regularly. Ensuring that your dog gets out for daily walks is a must and playing with your cat is a great way to keep them fit. If you are concerned about your pet’s weight, talk to your veterinarian about a weight loss schedule that is both safe and effective for you and your pet. There are many ways to show your pet that you love them- overfeeding does not have to be one of them!