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Unfortunately, while I was working at the veterinary hospital, I cared for many patients that were overweight.
Telling a pet parent that their pet is overweight can be a very sensitive issue. However, those conversations were necessary due to the health implications of obesity.
Overweight, or obese pets are at a higher risk for these diseases (Association for Pet Obesity Prevention):
Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
Heart and Respiratory Disease
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury
Many forms of Cancer
Decreased Life Expectancy
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.
The 3 lessons I learned from this information…
1) Pet parents need to learn about the Body Condition Score! At the veterinary hospital, I would overhear people telling pet parents that their dog, or cat, was “too skinny”. In reality, the pet was actually at a healthy weight.
According to the body score chart below, courtesy of Lakewood Veterinary Hospital, an ideal body condition score for a pet, includes a slight, but visible waist. To learn more about your pet’s body condition score and how to assess their weight, please visit here.
As always, don’t forget to ask your veterinarian their thoughts regarding your pet’s body condition score.
2) Americans are struggling to keep their pets at a healthy weight, perhaps because they don’t know how.
There are so many things you can do as a pet parent to keep your pet at a healthy weight.
The first of which is to feed them the right food!
Hill’s® Science Diet® provides a variety of pet foods designed with a breakthrough blend of natural ingredients to help your pet maintain their ideal weight!
Including the NEW! Small and Toy Breed Dog Food
All of the Hill’s Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Formulas are available at your vet, your favorite pet store, or at Pet360.com!
Over 70% of dogs and cats that were fed the formulas lost weight within 10 weeks!
Check out their weight loss success stories here!
3) Pet parents are not providing their pets with enough exercise. A very simple solution to the growing obesity problem is to add exercise to your pet’s daily routine!
Take your dog for a walk! If you are walking them for the first time in a long time, start off slow and build up to a faster and longer walk. This will provide exercise for both you and your pet!
You can also try a new activity with your pet, like Doggy Yoga, or Paddle boarding! Most importantly, you need to make the decision to change your pet’s lifestyle!
HEALTHY WEIGHT ADDS TO QUALITY OF LIFE AND LIFE EXPECTANCY!
Does your pet struggle with maintaining a healthy weight?