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Obesity or excessive body weight is the most common nutritional condition found in pets today. About 1/4 of all our pets can medically be reported as obese (they weigh 15% more than their ideal body weight). Most incidences of obesity are caused by overfeeding. Humans tend to equate food with love. We shower our pets with food and treats to show love and to make them happy. However, it has been proven that these short-term rewards lead to long-term serious health consequences. With guidance from your veterinarians, you can prevent your pet from becoming obese by either maintaining their healthy weight or reducing any excessive weight.
Obesity causes an increased surgical and anesthetic risk.
Obese pets have altered metabolic rates, making it more difficult to achieve and maintain weight loss.
These risks, individually or in combination, will help decrease the quality and quantitiy of your pets life. Talk to our health care team to outline a plan to maintain or reduce your pets weight status.
Unfortunately, much of the obesity in pets stems from the fact that we as owners equate food with love. We want to make our pets happy, and so we feed them more and more tasty treats. But food is no substitute for love, attention, and quality time spent together, so keep your pet lean, trim and fit by :
If your pet is gaining to much weight get the advice of your veterinarian before it progresses to obesity.