Obesity- The Facts:

  • obesity25- 35% of cats and dogs seen in veterinary clinics are estimated to be obese.
  • Obesity is defined as 15-30% above the average desirable weight for a given height.
  • Obesity is caused by an increase in energy intake and decrease in the level of energy expenditure (exercise etc).
  • Tackling obesity means balancing these levels to prevent weight gain.

Factors to consider:

  • Age: animals over the age of 8 years have a decrease in energy requirement this can be a 20% decrease in some cases.
  • Sex: Obesity is more common in male cats and female dogs.
  • Breeds:Some breeds are predisposed to obesity: Labrador, Cairn Terriers, Shelties, Cocker spaniels, Bassett hounds, Cavalier king charles, Beagle, Dachshund and collies.

Consequences Of Obesity:

  • Reduced life span
  • Reduced enjoyment of life
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory problems
  • Joint and locomotor problems
  • Dystocia
  • Increased risk of diabetes mellitus
  • Increased surgical/anaesthetic risk

Speak to your vet about a suitable diet for your pet