We humans spend a lot of time worrying about our own weight, at times going to drastic measures to prevent or fight obesity, but what about our beloved pets? Just like us humans, animals suffer greatly as a result of obesity. It does not just decrease their overall health but often times interferes with daily activities and their enjoyment of the simple things like walking and playing ball. Of course it is difficult to deny our fur baby's of the scraps they constantly beg for or that extra cup of kibbles, but those actions that are meant to be out of love can actually do more harm than good.
The majority of pet owners aren't actually aware of the appropriate amount of food to feed their pets in a day and can actually depend on several factors, such as level of activity, age and breed which can get quite confusing! In those circumstances visiting the veterinarian for a quick physical exam is crucial to begin the weight loss journey in a healthy, knowledgable way. Not only can you take preventative measures for other health risks and diseases, it gives you a chance to ask questions which gives you more information to make the right choices for your pet.
Just like us humans, when our pets are overweight they are likely to develop health conditions due to their weight problems.
Here is a short list of health problems that can be exaggerated by or diagnosed simply by being obese:
Torn knee ligaments
High blood pressure
Reduced lung, liver, and kidney function
Decreased life expectancy
Decreased ability to exercise, furthering the overweight problem
But the good news is: OBESITY IS CONTROLLABLE and eventually PREVENTABLE and you have 100% of the power to turn your pets life around!
I know you've heard it all before but diet and exercise are the two main keys to fighting obesity with your pet. Daily walks for your dog are an important role in gaining control of their mental and physical health. If you cannot find the time, hire someone, we are always here to help pet owners in times of need and when life gets too stressful! For kitty's, on leash walks, scattering their food, and more playtime is a way to get their muscles working! Diet, on the other hand, can be a tricky and confusing factor which is why a veterinary exam can give you an opportunity to discuss different diets with staff that have training and knowledge in that sector.
First step to guiding your pets obesity on the right track is making an exam with your local, trusted veterinarian. Not only will they give you an update on where your pets health is, but can give you a weight loss guide specifically made for your fur baby. They can also discuss any questions you may have regarding diet, exercise and limitations should they find anything out of the ordinary. There you will gain knowledge in your pets overall health, how to steer their weight loss in the right direction and how to prevent obesity in the future!