According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), U.S. pet obesity rates in 2018 that 59.5% of cats and 55.8% of dogs are classified as overweight or obese.
Weight loss can be challenging for anyone, people or pets. The great news is losing weight and getting in healthy shape can add not only years to you or your pet’s life; it can also make those extra years more enjoyable. Helping your best friend attaining a healthy weight may be easier than you think. It simply requires understanding the need for weight loss and fitness, attention to details and simple assistance from your veterinary healthcare team.
Why is having an obese pet such a problem?
As few as five pounds above your Pet’s ideal weight can put it at risk for developing some serious medical conditions.
Some of the common disorders associated with excess weight in pets include:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Respiratory and Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- High blood pressure
- Chronic inflammation
- Many forms of cancer – especially intra-abdominal cancers
- Overweight and obese pets are expected to live shorter lives than their fitter, normal weight
- obese pets are costing their owners tens, if not hundreds of dollars in unnecessary medical bills each year.
Prevention starts with a conversation with your veterinarian. Ask about how much food you should feed your pet on a daily basis. Don’t go overboard when giving out treat to your pet.
If you think your pet might be at risk for being overweight or obese, schedule your appointment with us today at 813-920-0303