30-50% of adult dogs and cats are clinically obese with one study reporting 63% of cats being obese.
Most cases of obesity arise from simple over eating and lack of physical activity – just like people
Check with your family veterinarian and ask the following questions: Is my pet a proper weight and is he/she on the proper diet? A Veterinarian’s role is to counsel pet owners on pet nutrition.
Clinical consequences and why you would need to see a specialist:
Poor quality and quantity of life: lifetime study showed that leaner dogs live 1.8 yrs longer than their overweight counterparts and the slimmer dogs had a delayed onset of chronic illness.
Chronic arthritis or osteoarthritis: as little as 6-8% weight loss has led to significant decreases in subjective and objective lameness scores.
Back disease or a slipped disc: in a study of 700 dogs it was shown that being overweight increased the risk for disc disease.
Metabolic and endocrine conditions such as pancreatitis and diabetes.
Heart disease, hypertension and respiratory disease.
Association with cancer.
Management of obesity (reduced calorie intake and increased physical activity).
Well-designed program by health care professionals to promote appropriate weight loss
1% weight loss per week is a good target that is safe with caution in cats regarding weight loss due to the potential for this species to have fatty liver syndrome.
Life style changes (increased physical activity).
Drug therapy: medications such as dirlotapide (Slentrol) can also be used to promote weight loss.
Life stage feeding in health is well suited to dogs and cats and has become a very popular way to council pet owners on nutrition.
Clinical nutrition in disease is an extremely important part of disease management and multiple pet food companies have prescription lines of food that have undergone a lot of research and development.
Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” may keep you from having to see a specialist to manage conditions that occur because of obesity.
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