OBESITY IN PETS
limit the calories
not the amount!
Obesity has a far-ranging negative effect on your pet's health. Nearly 40% of all pets in the United States are obese.
Studies show that obesity reduces your pet's life by around 1.8 years, in addition to the added cost of additional medical care:
- Hepatic Lipidosis in Cats - Fatty liver, is commonly seen in obese cats
- Diabetes - Obesity is the major cause of diabetes.
- Heart disease - Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is present more often in obese pets just like in obese people. Coronary artery disease is also more prevalent because fatty deposits build up in arteries that supply the heart. Narrowed arteries and reduced blood flow to the heart can cause heart attack. Blood clots can also form in narrowed arteries and cause a stroke.
- Joint problems, including osteoarthritis - Obesity can affect the knees and hips because of the stress placed on the joints by extra weight requiring your pet to undergo expensive orthopedic surgery.
- Respiratory problems - Respiratory problems associated with obesity occur when added weight of the chest wall squeezes the lungs and causes restricted breathing. Breeds like Pugs, English Bull dogs, French Bull dogs are very susceptible for this problem due to obesity.
- Cancer - Obesity contributes to an increased risk for a variety of cancers.
- Metabolic diseases - elevated blood cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, insulin resistance, elevation of certain blood components that indicate inflammation, and elevation of certain clotting factors in the blood.
- Reduced life expectancy - Studies prove obesity reduces life expectancy in pets just like it does in humans.
Help us to keep your pets healthy.