The dangers of pet obesity are real- and that’s why your pet’s weight matters. The Association of Pet Obesity Prevention estimates that currently, over 100 million dogs and cats are overweight, with almost 20% of dogs and 35% of cats falling into the obese category. Excess weight increases a pet’s chances of having health problems down the road, so it’s important to know the issues that can develop due to a pet’s extra pounds. Learn more about the risks to heavier pets and what you can do to help get them back on track to a healthier life!
The Dangers of Pet Obesity
Obesity can shorten your pet’s lifespan and can affect their quality of life. An unhealthy weight increases your pet’s risk of:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Kidney disease
- Some forms of cancer
- Injury to bones, joints & muscles
Working With Your Vet
Even moderate weight loss can have a positive impact on your pet’s health and quality of life. Working with your veterinarian to develop a nutrition and activity plan will help get your pet’s weight to a healthy range. Some suggestions your vet might make include the following:
The recommended servings on pet food may not always be right for your pet’s daily calorie intake. A veterinarian may suggest adjusting the amount and/or frequency of feedings or making healthy substitutions within the pet’s current diet.
Exercise is an important part of keeping your pet within a healthy weight range. Finding activities you can enjoy with your pet and based upon their current physical abilities will benefit the entire family, both 2 and 4-legged!
Just like humans, it’s those little treats throughout the day that really add up in calories for our pets. An occasional treat’s fine, but when they’re getting treats from multiple family members throughout the day, those calories add up!
If you think your pet may be overweight and are worried about potential health issues that may arise from those excess pounds, feel free to contact us with any questions or follow up with your veterinarian to discuss. Here’s to your pet’s good health!
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