Obesity in pets is a growing concern for pet owners and national surveys put the prevalence of overweight pets as high as 41% in dogs and 32% in cats.
There are a number of factors that can increase your pets’ risk of becoming overweight; for example, neutered (de-sexed) and indoor pets are at a high risk of being overweight. Pets become overweight when their energy input from their food is higher than the energy they use through their normal daily activities.
Obesity can result in serious adverse health effects, such as reducing the lifespan of your pet, even if your dog is only moderately obese. Medical problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and liver disease have been linked to obesity. Multiple areas of the body are affected by excess body fat and management of weight is as important in pets as it is in humans. Talk to us today about diet and activity options for your pet.
There are some simple things you can do to help your pet maintain a healthy weight. We recommend special weight management diets that promote healthy weight loss and are high in fibre and help your pet feel full. Measure out how much food your pet should have each day and use this portion for feeding and treats. Limit table scraps and treats as these items are often high calorie items, you can try low-calorie weight loss treats for dogs instead. Keeping your pet active and entertained is another way to ensure they maximise their energy output for a healthy life. Sometimes a pet’s weight can be impacted by medical issues, if you have not had any success in the weight management for your pet, please come in to see us.