Pet Obesity is a Year Round Concern for Pets

Dr. Gary Hoover is a veterinarian at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital.

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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Pet Obesity in Cats and Dogs

Pet obesity can lead to serious problems for your pets. Call our office to get your pet started on a weight loss plan today!!

By: Tamara Kees

Just like us, pet obesity in cats and dogs is often caused by taking in more calories than one is burning in their daily activity. Pet obesity can be a serious problem for your pets.  And, just like us, obesity in dogs and cats is extremely common and leads to many health issues and diseases that can drastically reduce quality of life and shorten the lifespan. Some things that can be negatively affected by excess fat and weight on a pet are the bones and joints, the lungs and airway, the liver, the heart and blood vessels, and the thermoregulation system (the pet’s ability to cool themselves down when they’re hot). Some diseases that can result from obesity include diabetes, heart disease, low immune system function, increased risk for cancer, and lameness from osteoarthritis. Continue…

Pet Obesity

By: Dr. Jessica Groeneweg, DVM

pet-obesityWeight in our animals is very important. Many people don’t realize what an actual healthy weight for their pet should be. Every pet is different. Just like humans, weight isn’t going to be the same across the board, so it is important to look at your pet in terms of body fat percentage instead of pounds. Your veterinarian is going to assess your pet in terms of their “body condition score”, which looks at how much fat sits over their ribs and how much of a waist they have. Continue…