What is obesity?
Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder seen in cats and dogs. In Australia, 41% of dogs and 33% of cats are considered obese. ‘Obesity' is commonly used as a term for being overweight, however more specifically it is a condition where a pet's weight is more than 15% above ideal.
- Do you have difficulty feeling your pet's ribs?
- Is there little or no ‘waist'?
- Do you give your pet table scraps or left over's?
- Is your pet reluctant to exercise?
- Does your pet seem to tire easily with activity?
- Does your pet waddle when it walks?
- Does your pet keep eating so long as there is food in the bowl?
- Have you been told your pet is overweight
If you answered yes to any of the above questions your pet may be suffering from obesity.Some factors such as a pets age, breed, sex and heritage can contribute to obesity. However, other factors we can control can be addressed such as overfeeding and exercise. To help address these issue Valley Veterinary Surgery offer a pet weight loss clinic Pet Fit.
Benefits of our Pet Fit Program:
- Initial consultation with Vet Nurse to discuss weight issues - No charge
- Fortnightly weigh in to monitor progress
- High Quality, Highly Palatable weight loss diets
- Exercise Schedule
- Support throughout 12 week program
Why pets overeat!
- Owner influence - We often equate an animal's food requirements with our own, which leads to over-feeding and feeding the wrong foods.
- Boredom or emotional stress
- Hormonal influence
- Competition in multi-pet households - we often witness a dominant animal which may eat more than their fair share.
Risks for the overweight pet:
- Heart disease
- Susceptibility to infections
- Diabetes mellitus
- Neurological disorders
- Increased surgical & anaesthetic risk
- Respiratory problems
- Earlier onset of joint problems e.g. arthritis
- Skin problems
- Reproductive disorders
- Inactivity and disinterest in exercise and play
- Decreased quality of life
- Decreased life expectancy
- Premature ageing