Pet Obesity Awareness
Pet Obesity Awareness
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention 2017 clinical survey, 56% of dogs and 60% of cats were classified as clinically overweight or obese by their veterinarian.
How can I tell if my pet is overweight?
Our recommendation is to give us a call and schedule an appointment so one of our veterinarians can evaluate your pet and make appropriate diet and exercise recommendations while taking into account your pet’s medical history.
What is my pet’s ideal weight range?
Your pet’s ideal weight depends on if they are a cat or a dog and what their breed is. We recommend consulting with your veterinarian to learn what your pet’s ideal weight range is, however, you can get a general idea of the ideal weight range here: Ideal Weight Ranges.
To help keep your pet at a healthy weight, provide them with adequate exercise and feed a diet that aligns with your veterinarians recommendations. Dogs should get approximately 30 minutes of physical activity a day and cats should have at least 3, 5 minutes of moderately active play each day.
Is my pet at risk of developing a medical problem due to excess weight?
Like humans, dogs and cats with excess weight are at greater risk for developing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease and some types of cancer.
Check out the Product of the Month section below for two suggested products to help manage your pet’s weight.
Our October Product of the Month section features two great products that can help keep your pet at a healthy weight by providing exercise and promoting healthy eating habits.
- High protein and high fiber to help support satiety and healthy weight loss.
- L-carnitine supplementation to help maintain lean body mass.
- Antioxidants to help support immune system and cellular health.
- Blend of soluble and insoluble fibers to help support healthy digestion.
- Chelated minerals for overall health and wellness.
Treat-dispensing toy that helps slow down cats who eat too fast, encourage your cat to work for each meal, and reward your cat for exercising.
- Treat or food-dispensing toy
- Fun wobbly movement as cat plays with toy
- Encourages playtime
- Helps with your cat’s weight loss
- Adjustable openings to increase or decrease the challenge for your cat