Obesity is the most common health problem in small animals today. There are approximately 44 million dogs and 55 million cats* who are overweight or obese. In North America, more than 50% of dogs and cats have a problem with their weight. There are many health concerns associated with excess weight such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension as well as many types of cancers. Furthermore, an obese animal can have difficulty walking and even suffer from arthritis due to the excess weight on the articulations. As much as being overweight or obese reduces our own life expectancy, it does the same to our animals. Their life span can decrease by two and a half years due to the excess weight. Since their life is already short enough as it is, why not help them live as long as they possibly can? We must first recognise and acknowledge that this problem exists. In fact, 9 out of 10 owners whose pet suffers from excess weight believe them to have a normal and healthy weight. Would you be able to recognize if your pet had a few pounds too many? If you have any doubts, contact your veterinarian to meet with an animal health technician to establish a personalized fitness plan. Your pet will be in better health and be with you longer!
*Association for Pet Obesity Prevention Study, 2014
By Dr. Lecavalier, DVM
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