Did you know that overweight pets have an average lifespan of 2 years less than their “ideal weight” counterparts? Being as little as 20% overweight for dogs or cats can lead to increased risk of urinary bladder stones, cystitis, diabetes, arthritis and/or heart disease.

Avoiding some of these expensive and devastating illnesses can be obtained by simply working on your pet’s nutrition and weight. The first step of this is to recognize when your pet may be overweight. Signs of being overweight include some of the following:

  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Needing to loosen up the collar
  • Decrease in Activity
  • Panting or heavier breathing
  • Loss of a waist
  • Difficulty moving (in cats you may just see a decrease in jumping)

Once these signs are seen, the following can be done:

  • Increase exercise & activity
  • Meet with your veterinarian to discuss calorie intake and find out if your pet is being overfed and making adjustments,
  • And, like in some people, some pets will simply need a special diet because of genetic factors that affect their metabolic rate

Regardless of the cause of being overweight for your pet, things can be done, and the benefits in future health and lifespan are immeasurable. If you’re interested in taking on the challenge of weight loss for your pet, you’re in luck. We are having a competition for the month of January to make weight loss fun and rewarding. Be sure to call us to set-up an appointment to get started.