It may seem like a kindness to give your furry friend that extra treat they have been begging for, and every now and then is not going to hurt, but frequent treats and weight gain can lead to obesity which can severely affect your pet’s health in a way that cannot ever be remedied.
The scary reality is that extra weight on your pet’s frame can cause lasting damage to bones, joints and internal organs that even a change of lifestyle will not fix. The longer your pet is overweight, the more severe the damage will be.
Don’t give up! Some damage can be reversed and now is the best time to get your pet back on track!
Obese pets are a growing trend in vet clinics across Australia, and often it is not something that is obvious to the pet owners themselves, so here is more information to help you discern the truth and how to fix it. Even 1 kilogram of excess fat can make a huge difference!
PHYSICAL SIGNS OF OBESITY ARE:
- The ribs and spine are not easy to feel
- The waist is more tubular than hourglass shaped when viewed from above
- The stomach does not tuck in when viewed from the side
EFFECTS OF OBESITY ARE:
- Decreased stamina when exercising
- Difficulty breathing
- Heat intolerance
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes or insulin resistance
- Liver disease or dysfunction
- Increased risks during surgery
- Impaired immune system
- Higher risk of cancer
HOW TO FIXE THE DAMAGE:
Diet is the most important change you can make, and if you are tempted to give your pet a treat every now and then make sure you invest in some good, healthy treats that are low in fat and calories. We advise you speak to your local vet about the best diet for your pet. Pet Guardians has a wide range of healthy, nutritious and light foods for dogs and cats that need to lose the weight and keep it off. There are many specific to your pet’s age, weight and breed.
Once your pet is feeling lighter and healthier they will be back to their old self again and you’ll be wondering why you never put them on a diet sooner!