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Obesity in Pets

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Gaining a few extra pounds can cause big health problems for your pet. Although chubby pets may look cute, extra weight increases the risk that your pet will develop several preventable diseases and health conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, and liver disease. Obesity affects pets in many of the same ways it affects people. Weight gain increases pressure on the joints, which can lead to osteoarthritis and tears in the ligaments. Overweight pets may quickly become tired when exercising and may become overheated more easily. Extra weight can increase your pets’ chances of developing heart failure, high blood pressure, liver or kidney disease, and spinal disc problems. Pets that are overweight may have shorter life spans! Rising pet obesity rates mean that a significant percentage of pets now face these serious health issues. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates 54 percent of dogs and 59 percent of cats are obese or overweight.

If your pet is overweight, talk to your veterinarian. Your vet can recommend an ideal weight range for your animal and help formulate a safe and effective weight loss plan. Begin by evaluating your pet’s food. While pet owners may never intentionally mean to hurt their pet, overfeeding and poor dietary choices have led to a pet obesity crisis. Early intervention will help overweight pets get healthy.

Call us today so we can recommend the right diet and exercise program to help your pet lose the extra pounds.

For more information, please call 393-2707 or visit our website.