We all worry about gaining a few pounds and this is also an issue for our pets. As is the case with humans, obesity is becoming an increasing problem for our four legged friends with an estimated 20-40% of the pet population being overweight. It is now the most common medical disorder of companion animals and is a major welfare concern as it can reduce both the length and quality of a pet’s life. The list of diseases associated with obesity is long but a few examples include:
– Heart and respiratory problems
– Diabetes Mellitus
– High Blood Pressure
– Skin problems
– Urinary problems especially in cats
– Some cancers
Overweight animals also carry a higher anaesthetic risk and are more susceptible to heat stroke.
It is a shame that we have let our animals suffer from obesity and its related diseases as it is an easily preventable condition. The cause is simply that the food they eat contains more energy than they use up so prevention involves feeding a good diet, avoiding titbits, treats and table scraps and giving regular exercise.
Is your pet overweight?
– You should be able to see and feel their ribs
– You should be able to see a waistline from above
– The belly should be tucked up behind the chest when viewed from the side
If you are worried about your pets weight pop them in for a weigh in and we can chat about what to do if they are overweight.