Is your pet overweight?
Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to over-feed a pet that knows how to beg. But being overweight is a serious problem for animals. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 54% of dogs and 59% of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. That’s an estimated 35 million dogs and 54 million cats! This can cause serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoarthritis as they get older. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and be within a healthy weight range.
How can I help my pet lose weight?
Pet’s nutritional needs change as they enter different stages of their lives. Puppies and kittens need the highest caloric intake of all ages. It is important to remember that this requirement decreases as they get older. In fact, when puppies and kittens are spayed or neutered, their metabolism decreases by an average of 25%. The best way to make sure your pet’s needs are being met is to consult with us about a pet food made specifically for his or her lifestyle.
Just like in people, calories count! Everything that a pet ingests, besides water, has calories. Ask our veterinary team how many calories your pet should have on a daily basis to prevent obesity. And always remember, treats should account for no more than 10% of the total caloric intake each day.
About 58% of our patients are obese. Check out the Body Condition System to the right. Where does your pet score?
If you have any questions about your pet’s diet or would like more information about your pet’s nutritional needs, make an appointment today. We can set up a nutrition plan specific for your pet.