Too many calories and not enough exercise can pack a few pounds on pets—and tipping the scales puts our furry friends at a greater risk of developing health problems. Luckily, many obesity-related diseases can be delayed or prevented by keeping pets in a healthy weight range.
Pets are considered overweight when their weight is 15 percent or more above ideal and obese when their weight is 30 percent or more above ideal. As your veterinarian, we can assess your pet’s body condition and gauge if weight loss is necessary—and work with you to develop a strategy if your pet needs to drop a few pounds.
- Here are a few reasons to keep your four-legged family members lean and trim:
- Excess weight places stress on the joints and can lead to joint pain, arthritis and ligament injuries.
- Overweight and obese dogs are often at risk of developing insulin resistance and diabetes.
- Diabetes has also been associated with obesity in cats.
- Obesity and a high-fat diet can trigger pancreatitis, an inflammatory condition of the pancreas.
- High blood pressure is often seen in animals that are obese or overweight and can lead to other
- secondary complications, such as kidney and eye diseases.
- Respiratory distress and exercise intolerance is commonly seen in pets carrying extra pounds.
- Overweight and obese dogs and cats typically have shorter lifespans than their leaner counterparts.
At the Coon Rapids Pet Hospital, we proudly strive to offer you and your pet the highest quality veterinary services possible. Serving Coon Rapids, Blaine, Anoka, Andover, Ramsey, Oak Grove, St. Francis and all of the surrounding metro area cities. Please call our office with any questions, comments or concerns regarding your dog or cat.