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The Dangers of Pet Obesity

Although you may think you are being nice to your pet by giving him lots of treats, you may be doing more harm than good. According to PetMD, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that more than 58 percent of cats and 45 percent of dogs are considered as overweight or obese. Those extra pounds can cause problems with your pet’s health, including lasting damage to his bones, joints, and internal organs. 5 Points Animal Hospital would like to tell you more about the dangers of pet obesity and how you can avoid this health issue.

How do I know if my pet is overweight or obese?

Unfortunately, many pet owners do not realize their pets are obese until they begin to significantly slow down. PetMD suggests doing a check of your pet’s weight from time to time. You can feel around his midsection while he is standing. You should be able to easily feel his ribs and spine. If not, you can consult with our staff at 5 Points Animal Hospital about a weight loss plan for your pet.

What are the dangers of pet obesity?

Because your pet will have trouble breathing as well as problems with arthritis when he is overweight, his physical stamina will greatly decrease. This can make it even more difficult to lose weight. This also reduces your pet’s tolerance for exercise, which is an essential part of a weight loss regimen. Other health risks of pet obesity include diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, a lowered immune system function, and an increase risk of cancer.

How can I help my pet lose weight?

If you have noticed that your pet has put on some extra pounds, 5 Points Animal Hospital can talk to you about the best diet plan for him to help him lose weight. Depending on the age, breed, and weight of your pet, we can suggest the right food and exercise regimen for him. Even though some damage from obesity will always remain, other effects can be reversed through diet and exercise changes. It is important to stick to your pet’s new habits because the longer the extra pounds stay on your pet, the more damage is done to his health.

Beware the dangers of pet obesity. If your pet has gained weight, contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment to talk to us about a weight loss for him.

Preventing Pet Obesity

According to HealthScope, national studies have found that approximately half of all cats and dogs in this country are overweight or obese. Obesity can cause several chronic health problems for your pet. In addition, it can also shorten his life by as much as two years! A lot of this responsibility falls on you as the pet owner. Why? Your cat or dog depends on you to feed them properly, and to give them opportunities to exercise every day. 5 Points Animal Hospital works hard to prevent pet obesity, and we would like to tell you more about this health problem.

What health problems are caused by pet obesity?

If your cat or dog is obese, they are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Not to mention, insulin resistance, heart and respiratory disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and various types of cancer! Pet obesity is also hard on your pet’s body. This causes your pet to be at a higher risk of having torn knee ligaments and osteoarthritis. The quality of life for your pet is also affected by obesity. Why? They are not able to run, jump, and play around outdoors as comfortably as they did – before they gained so much weight!

How can I prevent pet obesity?

If your pet is at a healthy weight, the most important things you can do to prevent them from becoming obese? Providing them with a balanced diet and with opportunities for daily exercise. Many pet owners do not realize how quickly their pets can gain weight. Many times it begins with just a few extra pounds. However, as pets get older, their weight gain can get out of control. 5 Points Animal Hospital can tell you the caloric needs of your pet. In addition, we can also recommend the best type of food for them. You should also limit treats and never feed your pet table scraps!

Plenty of physical exercise is also key in preventing pet obesity. Do you not have the time to take your dog on a walk every day? If that’s the case, make sure they have plenty of room outside to be able to run around. Monitor your pet’s weight regularly. You should be able to see and feel the outline of their ribs, their waist should be easy to identify, and their belly should not be sagging when you look at them from the side.

How is pet obesity treated?

5 Points Animal Hospital can work with you to find the right diet for your obese pet. Often, a diet that is high in protein will keep your pet satisfied longer. Although a regular exercise routine can also help to reduce weight, excessive physical activity can be hard on your pet’s bones and joints. Although, this depends on how overweight they are. We can let you know when your pet has reached the weight range that is safe for an increase in exercise.

Is your cat or dog overweight? Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to make an appointment to speak with one of our veterinary staff members. We’ll speak to you about the best way to get your pet to a healthy weight!

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