Obesity is one of the most common nutritional disorders seen in both cats and dogs. Animals that are overweight are predisposed to a range of health problems, including:
- Cardiovascular disease (heart disease).
- Degenerative joint and orthopaedic disease (including arthritis).
- Joint stress or musculoskeletal pain.
- Respiratory problems.
- Cancer and tumours.
- Skin problems.
- Hypertension (high blood pressure).
- Reproductive disorders.
- Decreased quality of life.
- Shorter life expectancy.
So, what causes obesity?
We love our pets a lot, but sometimes we can love them too much. By giving in to those adorable begging eyes and giving them extra treats, we are potentially causing them harm. Overeating and lack of exercise are the leading causes of obesity and ones that we luckily have control over.
There can also be medical factors that could contribute to your furry friend weight issues; it is therefore important to talk to one of our vets before you embark on your pet’s weight loss journey.
How do I know if my pet is overweight?
There are a few signs that your pet might be overweight, these can include:
- Difficulty feeling your pet’s ribs.
- Little to no waist.
- A reluctance to exercise.
- A waddle to their walk.
Oh no! I think my pet is overweight. What do I do now?
Our team is here to help both you and your pet, book in an appointment with one of our vets to discuss a tailored weight loss plan. This may include a change in diet and exercise routine.