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While there’s more to love with your plump pet’s extra size, the added weight can cause serious health issues. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that 35 percent of pets are obese or overweight. Obesity is linked to diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Habits that contribute to obesity in pets are lack of exercise and overeating.

Pets with poor eating habits can also face the consequences of nutritional deficiencies. Poor diets can even result in an excessive amount of nutrients. For example, protein can promote muscle growth but too much can stunt your pet’s growth. It is important to have the correct balance of nutrients to keep your pet happy and healthy. The good news is that your pet’s health can improve by incorporating an active routine into its lifestyle. Here are some fun, useful ways to help your pet lose weight.

Chuckit! Classic Ball Launcher

This toy is great for wide, open spaces. You and your dog can have hours of fun with the Chuckit! Classic Ball Launcher. You will be able to throw balls farther compared to other toys. Your dog will get a workout and have fun too. What makes this toy even better is that it is hands-free, so you won’t have to deal with touching doggy drool. The Chuckit! Ball Launcher is for outdoor use only.

KONG Classic Flyer Frisbee

The KONG Flyer Frisbee has a durable rubber formula for long-lasting use. You and your dog can enjoy a game of catch and fetch. The frisbee is available in small and large sizes, so you can find the right match for your furry friend. The KONG Flyer supports healthy exercise by tapping into your dog’s instinctual needs like to hunt and chase. The KONG Flyer can travel long distances making your dog run farther and faster. Your dog will want to catch the frisbee repeatedly, which can help boost weight management.

Dog Treadmill

The dog treadmill allows your dog to exercise when the weather is either too hot or cold to go outside. Dog treadmills are great for owners who live in city apartments. Your dog will have unlimited walking/running time with the treadmill. At first, your dog may be confused with this new form of exercise, so take some time to get your furry friend familiar with the treadmill.

Our feline friends are also subject to obesity and other related health conditions. According to a 2008 study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 57 percent of household cats in the U.S are overweight or obese. However, there is hope when it comes to getting your tubby tabby back to a healthy weight. Here are some cat toys that promote an active lifestyle.

Mouse Hunter Cat Toy

The Mouse Hunter cat toy is interactive and entertaining for your cat. The toy appeals to your cat’s natural instinct to hunt. Playing with this toy can serve as a workout for your cat. The Mouse Hunter cat toy benefits your cat mentally by relieving stress and anxiety. Another great benefit of the Mouse Hunter cat toy is that it contains catnip. When you use catnip, it stimulates a playful reaction in cats that keeps them active.

Cat Wand Toy

Cat wands are lightweight and come in various shapes and sizes. Some cat wands come with a toy mouse attached to the end that acts as its prey. The movements of the wand allow your cat to run and jump to catch the faux mouse. The variety of movements help your cat maintain interest and stay active. Another perk is that you can stay at a safe distance while your cat is moving about.

Cat Laser Toy

Your cat will have hours of fun with a laser toy. You can point the laser at the surface to transform your home into a playground. Your cat will do its best to catch this peculiar “bug.”

When using this toy laser, shine it in a clear and open space. Your cat will stay active and mentally stimulated with this toy.


It is your responsibility as a pet owner to help your pet maintain a healthy weight. Not all toys will be a success. It takes trial and error to find a toy that promotes an active lifestyle for your pet. Diet and nutrition in combination with exercise can help your furry friend lose weight and feel great.

Longview Animal Hospital has been in veterinary practice for over 50 years. We take the time to address any needs or questions you may have. To make an appointment, contact Longview Animal Hospital today!