Pet Obesity

 

Dog with cookiesPet obesity is not a trivial concern. The list of health problems associated with the condition is long and ever growing. Overweight pets are at increased risk of

·         Cruciate ligament ruptures

·         Intervertebral disk disease

·         Arthritis

·         Heart failure

·        Diabetes

.         Cushing’s disease

·         Skin disorders

·         Infections

·         Heat exhaustion and heat stroke

·         Complications associated with anesthesia and surgery
The cause of weight gain is usually simple: over a period of time a pet is eating more calories than he or she is burning off. Exercise can increase a pet’s lean body mass, which is a primary driver of an individual’s metabolic rate (muscle burns more calories than fat). Exercise should always be tailored to a pet’s physical fitness, disposition, and overall health, but activities to consider include:
Exercise advice

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Unfortunately, providing the amount of exercise needed to bring about significant and lasting weight loss is difficult for most pet owners.
Dietary modifications to prevent overfeeding are almost always necessary. Picking a food and determining the correct amount to feed is often easier said than done, Broome Vets stocks a variety of weight loss diets and can make a detailed feeding plan and weight loss schedule to help you help your pet.