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America's obesity epidemic isn't just with its humans. Did you know that 45 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in this country are classified as being obese? At Hamilton Road Animal Hospital we see cases of pet obesity, and we know a variety of ways to help cats and dogs get back to a healthy weight.
All pets with obesity face a shorter life span and a lower quality of life, but they're also more likely to develop a long list of dangerous diseases. If your pet is obese, she's more likely to develop:
All of these dangers lower significantly when pets lose weight and begin to exercise regularly once again. If we work together to bring your pet back to health before she develops any serious health problems, the danger will be no higher than if she never had a weight problem to start with.
Like with human beings, pets develop obesity mainly because of the food they eat, while it's compounded by lack of exercise. Pet nutrition is the basis for your dog's or cat's healthy weight. When you first get your pet, we'll advise on the right kind of food to give him, as well as how much to feed each day. The healthiest way to feed your pet is to keep to this schedule exclusively.
There isn't a pet alive that hasn't begged at the table or in the kitchen at one time or another. While there's nothing wrong with giving your cat a snippet of tuna, or mixing a scrambled egg into your dog's food bowl, regular snacks of people food are another matter. Some human foods are dangerous for pets to ingest, and almost all of them are bad in more than tiny amounts. The recommended calorie intake for most pets is surprisingly small; even one piece of bacon or a few bites of a burger can be the equivalent of a human eating two or three pieces of chocolate cake.
The right food is most of the story, and encouraging exercise is the rest. Play with your dog, give your cats lots of toys, and encourage them to run around as much as possible. If you have questions about pet obesity, come in and talk to us about nutritional guidance. Give us a call at 614-239-0027 and we'll schedule a visit today.
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