Obesity is dubbed as a pet’s number one health problem because it opens your pets to the risk of hundreds of diseases which includes arthritis, diabetes, cancer and so much more, most of which are permanent, deadly and incurable. Studies show that more than half of the population of cats and dogs in the United States are obese.
Dangers of Obesity
Obesity is the accumulation of too much fat in one’s body. This is often caused by a sedentary lifestyle and overeating or eating more than what the body needs. Pets are considered obese when they weigh at least 20% percent more than their ideal weight.
Obesity is associated with a number of serious health conditions, this includes a number of heart problems. Fats can clog your pet’s arteries which causes their hearts to pump harder, this adds excess strain on their hearts and can cause death in the long run. Aside from heart diseases, obesity also opens your pet to risks of diabetes, cancer as well as bone and joint problems because their weight becomes too much for their bones to carry causing arthritis and muscle problems.
Looking at it in another way, obesity can also be a symptom of other underlying health conditions. Obesity can be an indicator of hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease and many more. It is best to consult your veterinarian to know how your pet’s obesity is affecting their health.
Trimming Down the Fat
Before doing anything, it is best to assess your pet’s overall condition. A quick trip to the veterinarian should be the first thing to do in trying to correct your pet’s obesity. From there, follow the instructions from your trusted vets on how to handle your pets.
For those looking to prevent obesity in their pets here are a few simple things you can do at home to keep them at a healthy weight:
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