Obesity in Pets
Did you know that almost 50% of middle age cats are overweight or obese and 40% of adult dogs are overweight?
As the holidays approach, so does that time of year when we indulge in some of our favorite foods. Whether you're already vowing not to over do it this season or you are planning your exercise schedule for the new year, don't forget about your four legged companion's waistline this holiday season. So many of our dogs and cats overindulge this time of year, too...on table scraps and yummy treats given to them under the tree.
While a plump dog or cat may be pleasing to the eye, with extra weight comes numerous medical issues that can have long term effects that can have an impact on good health and longevity. Some common diseases that can be caused or worsened by obesity include osteoarthritis, diabetes mellitus, respiratory issues and hepatic disease (fatty liver). One groundbreaking study showed that dogs that were kept at an ideal weight lived 2.5 years longer than dogs that were even just slightly overweight!
So this holiday season, give both you and your pet the gift of exercise and moderation. Instead of a bone or bag of treats buy your dog a ball or a new leash. Try a carrot as a snack instead of a biscuit. Laser pointers and multi level cat condos make great gifts for cats and help them become more active.
If you fear your pet may be overweight and need our help developing an exercise or diet program, contact Newberry Animal Holistic and Wellness Center at (352)332-9991. We are an animal hospital in Gainesville, Florida that want your pets to live long and healthy lives!