For March, we are putting a spotlight on the most important aspect of our pet’s healthcare – preventative healthcare! Preventative care includes weight management for pets, maintaining a healthy weight and meeting all nutritional needs, which is the focus of my blog today. Did you know that more than 50% of the dogs and cats in America are overweight or obese? This is a relatively new trend, and one we can reverse with awareness and a creative plan of action!
Pet weight management is important!! Sometimes, we don’t realize that something is occurring that can cause obesity, such as: pets sharing human food, lacking in exercise, or suffering from undiagnosed disorders that can cause weight gain. For cats and dogs, that includes hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease, and rarely, a pancreatic tumor called an insulinoma. Sometimes obesity itself can cause disease, like diabetes, liver issues, muscle and joint issues, and digestive issues. Regular examinations and blood screening can detect early underlying diseases that can cause weight gain or be caused by obesity, but it is up to us to make sure our pets are not gaining weigh from overeating or under-exercising.