Extra Weight Leads to Extra Problems

Posted In: Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness

Does your pet have you trained when it comes to food? For example, if your dog give you ‘sad eyes’ while you are eating, do you share with him? Or when your cat meows throughout the day and night for food, do you feed her? If so, your pet has you trained! Unfortunately, it may not be in his or her best interest. An estimated 56% of dogs and 60% of cats are overweight or obese. That is over half of all pets!

Extra weight is not just a cosmetic concern for our pets. As little as two pounds of extra weight on a 10 pound dog or cat, causes them to carry 20% more weight on their joints. Over time, extra stress on the joints can cause osteoarthritis. Other negative effects of excess weight include:

  • Chronic inflammation
  • Skin disorders
  • Certain types of cancers
  • Diabetes
  • Orthopedic issues
  • Decreased kidney function
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Heart disease and high blood pressure
  • Reduced life expectancy - one study proved that diet restriction can add almost two years to a dog's life! 

If you are concerned that your pet is overweight or seems to be gaining weight, talk to your veterinarian before making any changes in diet or activity level. It is important to determine the best type of food, if your pet is healthy enough for exercise, and the type of exercise that will best suit your pet. Your veterinarian may also recommend blood work to rule out underlying medical conditions that can lead to weight gain such as diabetes or thyroid function.

One of the many services provided at AMCMA’s Integrated Veterinary Pain Management Center is weight loss and body conditioning for dogs and cats. After a thorough examination of your pet, we can create a diet and exercise regimen that is safe and fun. By combining nutritional counseling, exercise plans, and plenty of support, we can help your pet lose weight safely, get in shape, and stay in shape.

To learn more about our Integrated Veterinary Pain Management Center or to see if your pet could benefit from our weight loss services, call 314-802-0358.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at two locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.