Does my pet have weight to lose? Having a healthy pet is an essential concern for any responsible pet owner. One of the most common health problems among pets is being overweight. Sustained weight gain can lead to obesity, which in turn can lead to serious health problems such as orthopedic disorders, endocrine conditions (diabetes mellitus) and cardiovascular disease.
According to the latest report from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention in 2022, 61% of cats and 59% of dogs in the United States have been identified by their veterinarian as being overweight or obese.
So how do you assess whether your pet has weight to lose?
First of all, take a close look at your pet’s physical appearance from different angles. An overweight pet will generally have a rounded silhouette and lack definition around the waist.
Next, gently palpate your pet’s ribs. Ideally, you should be able to feel them under a thin layer of fat, but they shouldn’t be protruding. If you can’t feel the ribs at all, or if you find a thick layer of fat, this indicates overweight.
If you have any doubts or concerns about your pet’s weight, it’s advisable to seek medical advice.
To avoid weight gain or obesity in your pet, it’s important to follow a few simple recommendations.
First of all, respect the food quantities indicated by manufacturers on dry pet food packaging. Offer good-quality food and avoid feeding your pet table food. Make sure your pet gets regular exercise, whether through walks, running sessions or interactive games. Be careful how many treats you give your pet each day, as these can contribute to excessive weight gain.
By taking these preventive measures, you can help keep your pet healthy and avoid obesity-related problems.
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