Concord Animal Hospital’s 5 tips to keep your pet’s weight in check
A 2015 study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention showed that more than half of dogs and cats were overweight or obese.
The study also showed that 95 percent of owners of overweight and obese pets didn’t think that their pets needed to lose any weight!
Your pet’s health and happiness depend on keeping their weight in check.
A pudgy pet is at risk for serious health issues. According to CBS News, common obesity-related conditions for dogs and cats include arthritis, bladder and urinary tract disease, diabetes, as well as excess stress on the heart and joints.
How can you tell if your pet is overweight?
As Dr. Hardie, a veterinarian at Concord Animal Hospital(CAH), explains, a good indicator of whether your pet might be packing some extra pounds is to take a close look at your cat or dog. “If you see their ribs, they are too skinny. If you can’t see their ribs and you can’t feel them with your hands when you rub the side of their chest, your pet may be overweight.”
How can help your pet maintain a healthy weight?
You can dramatically improve your pet’s quality of life and life expectancy—not to mention, avoid additional veterinary bills—when you help your cat or dog maintain a healthy weight.
Dr. Hardie has five tips for pet owners:
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