Causes Of Obesity In Cats And Dogs

July 28, 2009

in Cats

Obesity in cats and dogs can cause health problems. The pet owner may not be aware of the health risks associated with obesity. Pet owners may even think that their pets look cuter being overweight and that there is no cause for concern.

The risks of diabetes and arthritis are increased by obesity in cats and dogs. Losing weight can often make these conditions less severe. Obesity should be considered a reason to consult a veterinarian.

Certain medical conditions can cause obesity. The veterinarian may do blood tests or other tests to check for these conditions.

Thyroid conditions can cause the cat or dog to become overweight. Other medical conditions can affect the metabolism and contribute to obesity. If the pet has a condition that affects body weight, the veterinarian may treat the condition which may also help with the obesity.

The pet owners may need to change some of their behaviors that may have contributed to the obesity. Free range feeding, also known as free choice feeding, can contribute to pet obesity since the pet can freely eat as much as they want.

Feeding a pet too many pet treats or table scraps can cause the pet to become overweight. Many times, when a pet owner is giving table scraps to a pet, the pet owner gives foods that are high in fat or carbohydrates. Fat and carbohydrates are problematic for pet weight management.

A lack of exercise can be part of the reason that a pet becomes overweight. If a dog owner neglects to take the dog for daily walks or engage the dog in active play, the dog may become overweight. If a pet is obese, the pet owner should increase the amount of exercise that the animal gets.

Pet food that is low in carbohydrates and low in fat can be an important part of controlling a pets weight. The veterinarian may recommend a specific pet food and the proper serving size for the pets meals.

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