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Controlling Small Pet Weight Gain

Controlling small pet weight gain will help your little friend live a long, healthy life. I'm sure you've heard of little pets who've been "killed with kindness". Recent trends have it that more and more small pets like rabbits and guinea pigs are getting dangerously fat because their owners just couldn't stop feeding them.

But just as in humans, overweight small pets are bound for all sorts of health problems like bad bones, teeth, and infertility. Controlling small pet weight gain may sound Chinese to many doting owners, but yes, there is a need to impose diets even to our little friends. Excessive weight in small pets causes a lot of strain in their cardiovascular system, and also aggravates arthritis in aging ones. In obese rabbits, a condition called "flystrike" is common. This happens when caked feces gather around the anus area of a fat bunny, therefore attracting flies that later on lay eggs (which later on become maggots) - all simply because the poor thing is too flabby to be able to groom himself. In fat guinea pigs, on the other hand, a condition called ketosis is also common. This happens when a guinea pig's body burns more fat than is required in response to abnormal glucose or liver glycogen levels. Ketosis in guinea pigs often result to stillbirths and abortions.