IS MY PET OVERWEIGHT?
Obesity is a nutritional disease, which is defined by an excess of body fat. Dogs that are over nourished lack the ability to exercise, or that have a tendency to retain weight is the most at risk for becoming obese. Obesity can result in serious adverse health effects, such as reducing the lifespan, even if your dog is only moderately obese. Excess body fat affects multiple areas of the body, including the bones and joints, the digestive organs, and the organs responsible for breathing capacity.
ARE CERTAIN PETS MORE LIKELY TO BE OBESE?
Several factors make obesity more likely in pets. E.g. for dogs:
- BREED: certain breeds have a higher risk.
- AGE: the risk increases with age.
- NEUTER STATUS: neutered dogs are more at risk.
- SEX: obesity is reported to be more common in females.
- OWNER: obese owners may be more likely to have obese dogs, perhaps because they are less likely to exercise their dog, or less able to recognise obesity.
For dogs and cats there are a few simple checks you can do:
1)You should be able to see and feel the outline of your pet’s ribs without excess fat covering.
2)You should be able to see and feel your pet’s waist and it should be clearly visible when viewed from above.
3)Your pet’s belly should be tucked up when viewed from the side.
****ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR VET******
They will be able to provide a health check and if necessary recommend a weight reduction programme.
- Caio Ferreira