THINGS FITTING A LITTLE TIGHTER LATELY?

Obesity affects more than your dog’s and cat’s figure, it affects their future.  Recent studies show that nearly 43% of dogs and 35% of cats are overweight or obese. If left untreated our furry family members are more susceptible to a wide range of health problems, like:

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis and other joint disorders
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin problems

How can you tell if your pet is overweight?  All pets have an ideal weight for their size and breed. We refer to this as an ideal “Body Condition Score” (http://www.hillspet.com/weight-management/pet-weight-score.html). Some of the following signs are also indications that your pet is overweight:

  • Ribs are not easily felt when running your fingers along your pet’s side
  • Loss of an obvious waist and tuck under their abdomen
  • Their collar needs loosening
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Slower movement/less energy
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bad temper/irritability

 *Even if your pet does not show obvious signs of being overweight it is important to have regular weigh-ins to make sure their ideal weight is maintained. Feel free to pop in to the clinic any time to use our scale. *

How can you help your pet lose those unwanted love handles?  Weight loss can be very successfully managed and maintained through changes in food and/or a nutrition program, combined with increased exercise.

Being overweight or obese isn’t just something that affects how your pet looks – it affects how your pet lives.