Obesity is our pets? number one health threat and it is in our hands as the owners to prevent obesity. One main component of obesity is how much we feed our pets.
A study found that fewer than 2 in 10 (18%) pet owners feed their pet(s) the amount recommended on the pet food package.
Overweight pets face many weight-related disorders. Four of the common conditions include:
Decreased Life Expectancy
It has been proven that pets who eat less (recommended amount) will live a longer life. The more your pet eats, the heavier it becomes and the more likely he/she are to develop different medical conditions which shorten their life span. Just by controlling the food intake, our pets could live longer happier lives!
Arthritis is the number one medical condition associated with obese dogs and cats. A study showed that 61% of cats had evidence of arthritis on radiographs. For cats it is only a matter of 1-2lbs that will affect their small joints. For people 1-2lbs does not always seem like a big deal but for a furry friends it can cause big problems!
A significant number of overweight cats are being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Dogs on the other hand are more prone to a condition known as Insulin Resistance (dangerously high insulin and blood sugar levels). One way to prevent type 2 diabetes is to feed an appropriate amount of food to maintain a normal weight.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is known as the ?silent killer?. There are no signs for an owner to look out for, and you cannot see the damage done until it is too late. It is not a bad idea for pets to have their blood pressure checked at annual exams.
Our pets are unable to make decisions on their own, so we as owners need to be cautious about how much our pets are eating to prevent obesity. It only takes a few extra pounds to cause serious problems for our furry friends. Protect them by discussing options with your vet. They will be happier and enjoy a longer life with you.
Phone number: 519-518-BARK(2275)
Address: Unit 1J- 1422 Fanshawe Park Road West, London, ON, N6G 0A4
Monday - 8am to 6pm
Tuesday - 8am to 6pm
Wednesday - 8am to 6pm
Thursday - 8am to 6pm
Friday - 8am to 6pm
Saturday - 9am to 1pm*
Sunday - Closed
*Please note that as of March 25th we are closed all Saturdays of the month of April.
We are closed all stat holidays.
If you have an out-of-hours emergency please call the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital at 519-432-3300