According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, it s estimated that 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. Just like in humans, obesity can lead to the onset of diseases like type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart disease, and respiratory diseases. Obesity also increases the likelihood that your pet’s life expectancy will be shortened. Our veterinary clinic recognizes that these statistics are high and we want to help your pet maintain an ideal weight.
Your pet is normally considered obese at the 20% mark above the ideal weight of your pet’s breed, age, and body type. Lack of exercise, large food portions, and the metabolism slow down that happens after spaying or neutering all contribute to weight gain in cats and dogs. Let’s take a look at some of the common indicators that your pet may be overweight.
Signs Your Pet Is Overweight
- It’s hard to feel the ribs under the fat of the abdomen
- There’s no defined waist
- It’s easy to grab the fat of their stomach (the stomach is sagging)
- Broad and flat back
If you’re concerned about your pet’s weight and notice any of the above signs, consider talking with your veterinarian. Located in York County, South Carolina, the animal doctors at Clover Vet are here to assist you and your pet. We’ll answer important questions that can help lead your pet to a happier and healthier lifestyle. We can also tell you exactly what an ideal weight would be for your pet. We’ll help your dog or cat achieve maximum health by recommending the right food and portion recommendations. Our veterinarians will also consider any additional health conditions that could factor into your pet’s weight gain. Taking these steps, plus incorporating exercise into your dog or cat’s routine, will help your pet to feel better lose that excess weight. Stop by our veterinary clinic today and let us take care of your pet!