Pet 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
· Heart failure
. Cushing’s disease
· Skin disorders
· 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:
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.