Fighting Pet Obesity
October 12th has been named “National Pet Obesity Day” and the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention is looking to reduce the tremendous prevalence of overweight dogs and cats in our country. Obesity is not just a human problem. Their latest study estimates that 54% of both cats and dogs are suffering from obesity, a total of 93 million animals. It is time to fight pet obesity!
There are severe health concerns for animals with an over abundance of fat. Not surprisingly they are very similar to our own human conditions. These include:
- Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart and Respiratory Disease
- Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury
- Kidney Disease
- Many Forms of Cancer
- Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)
So it is vital for your pet to shed their excess pounds to minimize these health concerns and the associated costs of treating them.
If you own a dog or a cat, there are things you can start to do immediately to start changing some of the bad habits that have allowed your animal or animals to grow fat and unhealthy. If it is difficult to feel your pet’s ribs under their fat and their stomach sags and their back is also broad and flat with no waist, they are obese and you need to get started right away.
Wells Branch Pet and Bird Clinic is there for you, too! We can examine your dog or cat and help you with specific recommendations for your pet’s weight problem and other health problems that might be occurring as a result or perhaps even causing the problem. We can direct you to specific types of food or treatment that would be best for your pet. Talk to us.
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