The Dangers of Obesity in Dogs & Cats and What you can do

Obesity in Dogs and Cats Hello, IÕm Dr. Mike. Today, we are going
to give a brief introduction on obesity in pets. We will
discuss some of the problems associated with being overweight, as well as some treatment
options. To learn more, we will visit with Dr. April Miles, a veterinarian in Rancho
Santa Margarita, California. Obesity, or overweight
pets, is a common problem weÕre seeing; we see it
a lot in my hospital. ItÕs basically an excessive accumulation of body fat on the petÕs frame.
ItÕs estimated that forty percent of our dog and
cat population are overweight or even obese. Some of
the causes of obesity include being overfed, eating or consuming more calories than the
dog or cat is actually expending, excessive amounts
of treats and table scraps even, decreased amount of
exercise or lack of exercise, metabolic conditions such as hyperthyroidism, or just a change
in the patientÕs lifestyle. So some of the problems
associated with obesity include joint disease, cardiovascular disease, respiratory issues,
diabetes, pancreatitis, and many other problems. Treatment options for obesity, well, if your
veterinarian has already ruled out metabolic conditions, than certainly putting them on
an appropriate diet, meaning the right number of
calories for the pet, and their are prescription foods available that can help your pet lose
weight. We can also prescribe certain medications
to aid in weight loss, but diet and exercise tend to be
very effective in weight loss. ItÕs important to avoid too many treats and avoid feeding
table scraps while your trying to get weight off
your pet. A lot of my clients will ask me, how much do
I feed my pet? What I tell them is that it depends on the kind of food theyÕre eating.
Generally, the back of the bag of food will have guidelines
for your petÕs weight and how much they should be eating. TheyÕre just guidelines, so if
you find theyÕre not losing weight on that amount fed or
theyÕre gaining weight, then you may need to make the appropriate adjustments. If youÕre
not sure how much your pet should weigh, ask your
veterinarian. It is important to understand that
being overweight is not just a cosmetic issue. It can predispose pets to many health problems.
Unfortunately, most owners donÕt even know that their pet is overweight. I reccomend
that you have your pet exammined by a veterinarian
on a routine basis. This is the time to ask what the
ideal weight of your pet should be. If your pet is overweight, there are medications,
diets, and exercise programs that can be prescribed specifically
for your pet.

5 thoughts on “The Dangers of Obesity in Dogs & Cats and What you can do

  1. My vet doesnt care about the dogs
    When my dog gets a check up
    They dont even check at all properly

    They said my puppy was just having a cold and they made us buy these really expensive medicines and my dog ended up losing more strength and now pooping and peeing and vomitting blood , he died on a sunday june 25 2016-2017 soon after we researched everything and it was a virus called parvo virus

    I hate that vet

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