Is your pet turning into a beggar?

Does your pet keep begging for food all day long leaving you flummoxed? Don’t fret, here are ways to deal with ‘perpetually starving’ pets.

Don’t indulge
The more you pay attention to their calls (read tantrums), the more they will howl. Ignore this behaviour; else you will end up overfeeding and predisposing your pet to obesity. Obesity is the root cause for hormonal disturbances and other medical complications, like heart problems, arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, etc. Stick to the feeding schedule as provided by the vet for his/her well being.

Fibre-rich diet
Adding fibrous food to your pet’s diet like vegetables (carrots, green beans, broccoli, etc) and fruits will make him feel content, without adding extra calories. Also boiled or raw vegetables, and fruits, can be fed in between meals as snacks. Let your pet dog chomp on a carrot, bite and play around with an apple, and enjoy chewing cucumbers after a play session. Extra fibre in your pet’s diet will prevent constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, etc.

Divide the meals
Try to feed your pet at frequent intervals rather than feeding twice a day. But keep in mind, don’t increase the overall quantity of food. Just divide the total amount into may be 3 or 4 portions. This will make him feel full all day and keep begging at bay.

Distractions help
Pet parents offer treats as rewards to their dogs or even casually. Stop giving snacks or treats on every occasion. Instead, take your pet for a short ride or walk or you can play with him/her. This way, you are making your bond stronger with your furry companion by spending quality time with him and also reducing his cravings.

Visit a vet
If your pet has suddenly developed an increased appetite over a matter of few days, see your vet. It could be due to medical issues, like diabetes, hypothyroidism, worms, etc. For a diagnosis, your vet will run some blood tests to arrive at a conclusion and prescribe medications accordingly.
Follow a strict feeding pattern and stick to meal timings as much as possible. Don’t fall prey to their puppy eyes and innocence. It is for their good. Overfeeding out of love right now will lead to various health concerns in old age. So pledge to be firm.
– Dr Prachi Kshatriya, Veterinarian

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