Pet Obesity Awareness

Losing weight seems to be on just about every other person’s to-do list for the new year—but humans aren’t the only ones with an excess poundage problem. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese.

Just like people, when pets are overweight, they’re more likely to develop diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, joint injuries and cancer. The fact is that well-loved pets are often too-well-fed pets. Our veterinarians can help you figure out what diet is best for your pet, as well as how much to feed.

There are also things you can do for your best friend as well! Here are some steps to take to make sure your pet doesn’t turn into a rotund, unhealthy mass of fur and fat:

Measure your pet’s food to make sure you’re not overfeeding

Place food into toys that require interaction with your dog or cat to receive a food reward (food puzzle)

Hide kibble around the house so that your cat must hunt for food, or put it high on a kitty tree

Spread meals out throughout the day (but make sure the total amount fed for the day is the correct amount)

Play with your cat or dog using love and attention, not treats

If you’re concerned about your pet’s weight or have questions about feeding and exercise, don’t hesitate to schedule an exam online or call us at (903) 617-6891.