If you resolved to start a diet and exercise plan, don’t look at the success statistics as most experts agree they are rather low. Instead, perhaps take some advice from both the animal and human health experts at the Ohio State University who say that if you partner with your pet to diet and exercise it might increase your chances for success.
Both humans and animals benefit from a healthy life style that includes exercise and a good diet. OSU experts acknowledge there are all kinds of programs to get you and your pet involved—everything from dog yoga and dog Pilates to couch-to-5k programs. They warn though that it is best for both you and your pet to start slow with the exercise. They suggest they following:
Schedule workouts. Make grocery lists. Plan daily practices. Make small, manageable changes. It will lead to big results given time. Try different things and figure out activities both you and your pet enjoy. Wellness checkups are important. Make one for yourself when you make one for your pet. Don’t be afraid to celebrate your success.
Just as new health and diet fads can be unhealthy or even dangerous for humans, Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine warns the same goes for our pets.
What one reads online or even in magazines about pet diets should be secondary to what our veterinarians recommend. If a pet owner is worried about their pet’s health and diet, they should consult their vet or a veterinary nutritionist.
Below the College of Veterinary Medicine lists some of these “hype” diets and why they probably aren’t a good choice for your pet.
While grain intolerance is a concern with some humans. They claim that food allergies, especially to grain is a very rare problem with pets. The FDA recently found in a study that dilated cardiomyopathy, a canine heart disease, was occurring in breeds who are not prone to it—they came to the conclusion that the cause was grain-free diets.
Another pet diet trend, usually for those who choose the diet for themselves, is vegetarian or vegan. According to the Ohio State vets, pets all need some meat in their diets because they are the best source for amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
Raw and prehistoric diets are another no-no for your pets. Ohio State vets warn that many raw diets are nutritionally deficient and put humans and pets at risk for infectious diseases.
The Ohio State vets final word on the subject was that pet owners should consult their vets before trying out “fad” diets on their pets.