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
- Increased risk of diabetes mellitus
- Increased surgical/anaesthetic risk