Obesity in Pets

posted: by: Metro Animal Hospital Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Approximately half of the pets in the United States are either overweight or obese!

The health consequences of obesity in pets include increased risk for joint disease, heart and respiratory problems, and diabetes.

Weight gain results when an animal eats more calories than it burns off during normal activities or exercise.  Factors that can contribute to weight gain include:
  • Overfeeding
  • Inactivity or low activity levels
  • Breed
  • Age
  • Reproductive status (intact versus spayed/neutered)
  • Preexisting diseases (e.g., hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, cushing disease)
Research has shown that keeping pets lean can increase their life span by as much as 2 years.

How you can tip the Scale in your Pet's favor:
  • Feed a well balanced, veterinarian-approved diet.  If necessary, feed a calorie-restriced diet.
  • When you treat your pet, give healthy treats.
  • Consult your veterinarian before giving your pet any human food.
  • Make sure your pet gets plenty of regular age-and health-appropriate exercise.
  • Don't allow your pet to have unrestricted access to food-its own or another's pet.
  • Make sure all family members are on the same page when it comes to feeding-and treating-your pet.
Visit www.petobesityprevention.com to get general information on safe weight loss, calculating calories, exercise tips, and tips on how to shed those pesky pounds off your pets.  You can also check calorie counts on common dry foods.