Obesity in pets

Obesity in pets

It is the most common nutritional in about 40 % of dogs and cats. Overfeeding with lack of exercise is the main cause but other genetic or metabolic factors also contributes to weight gain. Overweight pets generally have more health problems and can cause or worsen: 1) Arthritis, spinal disc disease, and ligament rupture. 2) Heart and liver disease. 3) Gastrointestinal problems, especially pancreatitis and diabetes. 4) Increased anesthesia risks. 5) Skin disease particularly secondary to thyroid deficiency or lower resistance to infections. 6) Mental irritability (discomfort), heat and exercise intolerance, and respiratory problems.7)  Obesity may increase the risk of cancer particularly fatty tumors. All these can not only shorten a pets’ life but also cost a lot extra money in the unnecessary medical bills.

How is the Obesity Managed? The management of the over-weight pet includes the following:

1) Set a goal to achieve it.

2) Decrease your pet’s caloric intake.

3) Keep your pet out of the room when having family meals.

4) Do not feed obese pets with other pets.

5) Do not feed anything other than the amount of food prescribed.

6) Keep a record of your pet’s weight.

A pet with optimal weight is healthier, happier, more active and a better companion. We at Garfield Animal Hospital Hills, Purina and Royal Canin Prescription Diets with some coupon program to help reducing cost. Please call our office to set up an appointment for consultation with the doctor at: 562-630-2082.  We encourage you to bring your pet for a free weight checkup in our office.

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