Obesity in Pets
Oct 24, 2017
Obesity is the most common condition we face in veterinary medicine, affecting approximately 54% of dogs and up to 59% of cats (data from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention). Obesity has been shown to lead to an increased risk for numerous diseases in our pets, including arthritis, bulging discs, ACL injuries, and tracheal collapse. A study done by Purina has shown that obese pets’ lifespans are shortened by an average of 2 years compared to pets kept at an ideal body weight throughout their lives.
If you feel that your pet may be overweight or obese, please do not hesitate to schedule an exam with one of our veterinarians for further evaluation. We may recommend routine lab work to rule out any medical conditions that can lead to weight gain, such as hypothyroidism and/or Cushing’s syndrome. Once these conditions have been ruled out, we can focus on creating a diet and activity plan to help your pet lose weight.
There are a number of options for weight loss in pets. There are over the counter weight management diets, therapeutic/prescription weight loss diets, as well as numerous low-calorie treat options. As each pet’s environment and family situation is different, it is important to tailor a weight loss plan to each pet’s individual needs. This can be done with the help of one of our veterinarians.