According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), an estimated 52.7% of US dogs and an estimated 57.9% of US cats are overweight or obese1. Many owners are unaware or in denial that their pet is carrying a few extra pounds that can be harmful to the quality and longevity of the pet’s life.
What are some diseases or conditions that obesity can lead to?
Cruciate Ligament Injury
Type II Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
Heart and Respiratory Disease
So what can owners do to help prevent all of these conditions and keep their pet happy, healthy, and on the road to a long life? Talk with your vet at your pet’s next annual visit about the current diet and schedule that you are feeding. Prepare properly for the visit by providing the brand of food, exactly how much you are feeding (bring the scoop with you if you are unsure of the exact measurement), the times of day you are feeding, any treats/people food that is given, if there’s any access to other pet foods, and how much daily exercise that your pet receives. Your veterinarian will be able to calculate the appropriate amount of daily calories for your pet to be fed and get everyone on track for weight loss.
Just like with humans, it is important for our pets to live a healthy lifestyle as well. A great support system is always helpful to make sure that the diet plan is adhered to. Make sure that everyone in the home is on the same page to ensure that your pet is successful in your effort to shed the pounds.
Information derived from http://www.petobesityprevention.org/pet-obesity-fact-risks/