For you and your pet, gaining extra pounds can cause health-related problems like diabetes, liver disease, and arthritis.
Just like in people, weight gain will increase the pressure on the joint and can cause tears in the ligaments and cause osteoarthritis. An overweight pet will tire out quickly when exercising and may overheat more easily. If those things haven’t caused you to worry, read on. Being overweight also increases your pet’s chances of developing high blood pressure, heart failure, kidney or liver disease, and even spinal disc problems.
An overweight pet also has a shorter lifespan! The Association for Pet Obesity Preventions estimates that in the United States, nearly 60% of all cats and 54% of dogs are overweight or obese. Your veterinarian can give you advice on how to help your pet shed those extra pounds. Your pet has an ideal weight range, and you should work at getting them back to it! You may think that giving your pet extra treats will make them love you or make them happy.
While those things may be true, too many treats are bad for their health! Your pet’s weight loss should be monitored – you need a safe and effective weight loss plan and should ask your veterinarian for advice. Making some changes in the kinds of food they eat and getting them regular exercise are the two best things for you to do. It is important to keep in mind that they will need to intake the correct nutrients, so again, talk with your vet to find out what foods are best.
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