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Obesity in Pets

Posted by petsavenuevet on March 16, 2015 in Nutrition Diseases | No Comments

Obesity is a problem that is not limited to people. This nutritional disorder is commonly seen in our family pets as well. So how does obesity affect our pets and how do we tackle this issue to prevent complications like heart disease, diabetes and arthritis? Read our article to find out more!

 

Do you know that over 50% of pets are obese? Ensuring that your pet’s weight is in a healthy range benefits both you and your pet in the long run.

Obesity is a condition which is defined as an excess of body fats. Obese pets are more prone to a variety of weight-related health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

Heart Disease

Similar to people,obese animals tend to have increased blood pressure (hypertension), causing the heart to work harder. Long-term strain on the heart can lead to congestive heart failure if left unheated.

Diabetes

Obesity causes an increase in the blood glucose level in an animal, leading to a higher production of insulin and an increased insulin demand. Diabetes mellitus develops when the body demands more insulin than it can produce.

Arthris

Studies suggest that one in four overweight dogs develop severe joint problems. Joints in an obese animal carry excess weight, resulting in bone damage and arthritis. Joint problems associated with hip dysplasia could also become more serious

Weight Management

Diet: Avoid over feeding your pet, especially with treats and other foods that are high in calories.

Exercise: The ideal amount and intensity of exercise varies between species and breeds. Consult your vet for advice on a suitable Exercise routine for your pet

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