Questions to Ask Your Vet to Prevent Pet Obesity

All pet owners want their pet to live a long, happy, and healthy life. Keeping up with a regular routine of wellness and preventive veterinary care visits is vital to achieving this goal. Not only are you protecting them from diseases with annual vaccinations, but you can also ask your veterinarian questions about the best ways to prevent harmful conditions like obesity.

Each year, the number of obese cats and dogs is on the increase. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), about 56 percent of dogs and 60 percent of cats weigh are classified as clinically overweight or obese by veterinary professionals. 5 Points Animal Hospital would like to share with you a few relevant questions to ask when you bring your pet in for their annual checkup to help them stay in a healthy weight range.

At what weight is my pet considered to be obese?

2 cute pups sittingWeight can be a sensitive subject for both people and pets because of the emotions and stigmas involved. However, you should never shy away from asking us about their weight when you bring them into a wellness visit at 5 Points Animal Hospital. The weight of your pet has the biggest influence on his longevity and quality of life. Obese cats and dogs are at a higher risk for developing arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and other serious health issues.

How much food should I be feed my pet everyday?

Knowing the exact number of nutrients and calories that your cat or dog should be eating everyday is very important in preventing pet obesity. After examining your pet, we can give you a range of calories they need to be at a healthy weight. Because the type, brand, and formulation of food determine the amount of food, you should always check how many cups or cans of food you are feeding them in relation to their caloric need. Remember to include his treats in his daily calorie count too!

How much exercise does my pet need each day?

Generally speaking, dogs need to exercise at least 30 minutes each day, and cats need to play intensely for five-minute periods three times a day. The type of exercise activity make a big difference, and our staff at 5 Points Animal Hospital will give you fun exercise recommendations based on the breed, age, gender, and overall health of your pet.

Preventing pet obesity is key to making sure your pet enjoys a long and happy life. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment for your pet’s wellness and preventive care visit today!

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