Pet Obesity

196Pet obesity is one of the most common conditions in pets. It’s estimated that 35-50% of pets are overweight. An animal is considered overweight when he is 10-15% over his ideal weight. That means a pet weighing in at 12lbs with an ideal weight of 10lbs is considered obese. 2lbs may not seem like a lot for a human but for a small dog, its quite substantial. Obesity in pets, just like in humans, can lead to a multitude of health problems such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart and Respiratory Disease
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury (knee injuries)
  • Kidney Disease
  • Many Forms of Cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)

Increasing exersice and reducing the amount of calories consumed is key to weight loss in pets. Instead of giving Fido and Fluffy a treat, spend 5 minutes playing with them. Your pet will apprieciate the time you spend with him just as much as he would that cookie.

How do you know if your pet is overweight?