Obesity in Cats and Dogs

As of October 2019 it’s estimated that half of all domestic dogs and cats are clinically overweight. That’s 49 million dogs, and more than 50 million cats! Obesity is one of the most common nutritional diseases in dogs and cats. The best treatment is prevention, but it’s also never too late to fix it.

According to most studies, obesity can lead to reduced life expectancy, diminished quality of life, chronic inflammation, orthopedic disease, kidney dysfunction, cancers, urinary issues, and more! Excess weight in pets can decrease a pet’s life span by up to 2.5 years!

How do you know if your pet is overweight or obese? If you’re unsure of your pet’s ideal weight try this simple exercise:

  • Place your hands on your pets ribcage with your thumbs on it’s back
  • If you feel the ribs easily, your pet is considered to be normal weight
  • If you can feel fat between the skin and ribs or the ribs are hard to feel, your pet is overweight
  • If you can’t feel the ribs, your pet is definitely obese

You can also use a body score chart like this:

If your pet is overweight, there are painless methods to help your pet lose those unhealthy pounds.

A visit with your veterinarian can determine if the weight is due to an underlying medical condition, what your pet’s ideal weight is, and a healthy weight loss plan for them. Your veterinarian can prescribe a diet formulation such as Hill’s Metabolic Diet that will help make dieting easy for you and your pet. Combining that with routine walks, and playtime can definitely help your pet lose those extra pounds. Call us today to discuss a weight loss plan for your pet.

Pet Obesity is a Year Round Concern for Pets

October may be over, but concern for pet obesity isn’t over! Many pets are overweight or obese, which can cause some significant problems if not addressed.

How do I know if my pet is obese?

Typically, your veterinarian will look for three main physical characteristics to determine your pet’s body condition score (BCS). BCS is graded on a scale of 1-9, with 1 being severely underweight, 4-5 being ideal, and 8-9 being obese. The first thing to consider is fat deposits along the chest. When you feel along your pet’s chest, your fingers should bump along the ribs underneath the skin and a thin layer of fat. If you can’t feel your pet’s ribs, they likely are overweight. The next two characteristics go together, and they form your pet’s waist. Looking at your pet from above, the chest should be the widest point, and the body should narrow in front of the hips/hind legs. Similarly, from the side, your pet’s chest should be the deepest point, and the abdomen should tuck up in front of the hips. Continue…

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“But Chubby is Cute!” The Truth About Pet Obesit

Pet Obesity can cause serious problems fro your pet. Schedule an exam to get your pet started on a weight loss plan today.

By: Tamara Kees

We’ve all seen them—the obese cats and dogs that live in our community. They look pretty jolly lounging on couch arms in your aunt’s living room, their folds draped over each side, or jiggling down the street with their mouths agape and tongues lolling. However, obese pets are really suffering under all that extra weight with—they just can’t tell us how uncomfortable they really feel. Also, like me, they have no self control when it comes to tasty food. We are our pet’s only protection from obesity because we can completely control their diets. Maintaining healthy weight in our dogs and cats keeps them happier, healthier, and living longer lives! However, many of our pets suffer the chronic negative effects of excessive body fat here in the U.S. Obesity is not just a human epidemic here; it affects over 50% of our dogs and cats too!

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