One of the most important epidemics that is taking the dog and cat population by storm is obesity. It is estimated that 25-40% of dogs are considered overweight or obese, and about 25% of cats.
The main causes of obesity are intake of excess calories and a lack of regular physical activity. Many pet owners are quite generous with offering food and treats as a way of rewarding their pets, which can significantly contribute to their pet’s calorie intake. With many pet owners’ hectic lifestyles, pets don’t usually get the physical activity they need to keep themselves trim and fit.
An overweight or obese pet should not be taken lightly. Carrying excess pounds makes your pet susceptible to a variety of health problems, including arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, and even some types of cancer.
Fortunately, you can work with your veterinarian Pet Care in helping your pet lose weight in a healthy way.