Pudgy Pooches and Fluffy Felines
Obesity is the most common nutritional disease of pets in the United States with estimates ranging from 25-50% of adult dogs and 55% of cats classified as overweight. Just as in people, there are numerous health risks associated with being overweight. The burden of those extra pounds on their joints as well as the internal organs can decrease your pet's quality and length of life.
The recipe for maintaining a healthy weight should be an easy one-fewer calories in, more calories expended. We all know this is easier said than done! Many people like to give treats as a sign of affection but really your dog would be just as happy to get some attention or go for a walk. Try to limit treats of "people food" as they may be too high in fat or in some cases could be toxic (such as grapes). It is important to choose the correct type and amount of food to make sure it is nutritionally complete. In some cases you may even need to feed a prescription weight loss diet in order to get those extra pounds off your pet.
If you are feeding an appropriate type and amount of food and your pet continues to be overweight or if they are gaining weight without any changes in the amount of food or exercise, this could indicate a medical cause. As always, talk to your veterinarian to get specific advice for your pet to help them live the healthiest life possible.
Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic
9275 S.W. Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070