It’s the start of another year; most of us have made our New Year’s resolutions and are making the effort to stick with them. So why not a resolution for your pet? This year could be the year where you focus on a weight loss program for your furry 4-legged best friend that you love so much.
Did you know that nearly 50% of our furry friends are over weight? Unfortunately, as a society we do not see our pets as being overweight; around 90-95% of owners see no issue with their pet’s weight. An increase in weight can lead to an increase in osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory issues, and even diabetes. If your pet would need an anesthetic procedure, say for a dental cleaning, your pets risk increases the more they are overweight. Not only does it increase risk, being overweight can also shorten their lives by almost 2.5 years.
Lets put weight in perspective with some examples:
1). You have a Beagle that currently weighs 30lbs at their yearly visit. He comes back in for sick visit only a few months later and he has gained about 5lbs. This weight increase is analogous to a 125lb women putting on 20.8lbs!!!!!
2). If a 70lb Golden Retriever gains 5lbs, this is like a 125lb women gaining 8.9lbs. If the same dog gains 10lbs, it would be like the same woman gaining 17.9lbs!!!
3). It’s more extreme for a cat – If a 14lb cat gains 5 extra pounds, it would be like a 125lb women gaining 44.6lbs!!!!!
Weight gain is a problem for all species, human or 4 legged. So lets make that New Year’s resolution of trying a weight loss program if your pet needs it, and let us at Penn-Ohio Veterinary Services help you stick with it! Give us a call and we can start the discussion about your pets nutrition today!!!!