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Pet Obesity: Is my pet overweight?

Pet Obesity: What is considered obese for a dog or cat?

While there is currently no universally-accepted definition of dog obesity and cat obesity, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention recommends the term obesity be defined as 30% above ideal body weight. Ideal body weight, of course, varies from one breed to another, which makes determining obesity more complicated.

How can I tell if I have an overweight pet?

There are a few signs that you can look for if you fear that your pet may be on the unhealthy side of pudgy.

  • If you’re viewing your cat or dog from above, a plump oval shape in the belly area could be trouble.
  • If your dog or cat is overweight, you may have trouble feeling their ribs under all the padding.
  • If your pet’s belly droops, it may be time for a weight management program.

In addition to these physical cues, you may notice behaviors that indicate obesity, including:

  • Inactivity
  • Trouble walking
  • Difficulty breathing

Is it bad for pets to be overweight?

It’s true that a pudgy pet can be pretty cute. Just as with humans, dog obesity and cat obesity is linked to serious health effects that can shorten your pet’s lifespan.

Some medical problems associated with pet obesity include:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney and liver disease
  • Joint and ligament problems and impaired mobility
  • Heart disease and high blood pressure
  • Respiratory crisis
  • Tumors
  • Skin disease

How can I reduce my pet’s weight?

Weight loss is hard. Whether you’re a person or a pet, you need support to get the pounds off. However, diet modifications and oversight can help your pet get back to a healthy weight. At Gloves City Veterinary Hospital, our doctors and weight management coaches will work with you and your pet to develop an individualized weight loss program that includes frequent weight checks, meal adjustments, and health monitoring.

Call Gloves City Veterinary Hospital to learn more at 518-725-8117.

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