Attention all Petworkers! Obesity is an easily preventable illness in pets so we hope that the below facts help in keeping your beloved pets happy and healthy.
Risks to be aware of; the following increase the likelihood of pet obesity:
- Certain breeds (check with your vet)
- Older pets, the risk increases with age
- Neutered dogs
- Obesity is reported to be more common in females
- Obese owners may be more likely to have obese dogs
Obesity can lead to the following:
- Mobility problems
- Heart disease
- Respiratory distress
- High blood pressure
How to check for obesity (relevant to cats and dogs especially):
- You should be able to see and feel the outline of your pet’s ribs without excess fat covering.
- You should be able to see and feel your pet’s waist and it should be clearly visible when viewed from above.
- Your pet’s belly should be tucked up when viewed from the side.
How to prevent obesity (it’s not rocket science!):
- Regular exercise
- Choose the correct type and amount of food
- Regularly monitor the pet’s weight
- Limit or eliminate treats and table scraps
- Treat any contributing factors or diseases – other medical conditions can contribute to your pet’s obesity.