A recent article written by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association entitled “Pudgy Pets Pose Problems for Vets” is a good reminder for all of us to continue to monitor our pet’s weight. Obesity in dogs and cats is a continuous problem in the United States and pet owners should not become lax in taking all the necessary steps to ensure their pet remains at a healthy weight.
As a reminder, pet obesity is not just about the weight gain. As with humans, it can lead to a variety of other health issues, including pancreatitis, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, and high blood pressure.
Pet owners can begin preventative measures early by making sure they feed their pet a healthy diet and give him or her an appropriate amount of exercise. They should also have their pet weighed periodically, and take measures to decrease weight gain if an issue arises. Some easy fixes include:
- Increase the amount of exercise your pet receives.
- Decrease the amount of food your pet eats daily, or switch to a lower calorie food option. Also, don’t free feed.
- Decrease the amount of treats given to your pet during the day.
Do you monitor your pet’s weight? What steps do you take?