Obesity in Pets

Obesity is one of the most common problems seen in pets.  Approximately 25% of cats and dogs seen by vets are overweight (ie, 15% above their optimal body weight.) Excess weight is harmful to their health and well-being, making them prone to a number of diseases such as:

  • arthritis
  • diabetes
  • Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Constipation
  • Dermatitis
  • Anaesthetic and surgical risks, should your pet require urgent surgery
  • Premature death

Desexed pets and certain breeds such as Labradors are more prone to weight gain.

Prevention is better than cure and obesity can be prevented by the following:

  • Always feed according to recommended guidelines
  • Avoid unrestricted access to food
  • Restrict treats to less than 10% of daily caloric intake
  • No people food
  • Regular exercise

Overweight pets need to be seen by a veterinarian, who will be able to prescribe a weight loss diet and an appropriate weight loss program for your pet.  It is very important that a low calorie diet designed for weight loss, such as Royal Canin Obesity, is fed to ensure all your pets requirements of proteins, vitamins and minerals are met.  It is not recommended to drastically cut down the feeding ration of the normal maintenance diet.  If a pet is fed their usual diet, but given a reduced portion, it can lead to deficiencies in essential nutrients.

If your pet is only slightly overweight or prone to obesity, a diet designed to prevent weight gain can be used, such as Royal Canin Canine Weight Control, Royal Canin Feline Diabetic or the Royal Canin Neutered range of diets.

Sanford Veterinary Clinic has available a full range of quality pet diets that have been scientifically tailored to suit your pet, and their stage in life. Quality pet food is essential to keep your pet healthy, happy and active and that’s something that we all want.

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