Monday, October 14, 2013

Obesity and Your Pet

Did you know that an estimated 50% of household pets are overweight, or worse, obese, for their weight class? This can be a very serious issue down the road! 

Our pets age significantly faster than we do, putting them at a greater risk of health problems over a shorter period of time. If a pet is over their ideal body weight, they have even more chance of developing health problems such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and kidney failure, just to name a few. 

At Ewing Animal Hospital, we recommend that all pets be weighed regularly to ensure that they are maintaining a healthy weight range for their body type, size, and breed. (For example, a pit bull and a retriever of roughly the same size would have significantly different ideal weights because pit bulls are generally more muscular, and retrievers are known for their lean body types.)

We can provide pet weigh-ins, ideal weight recommendations, and weight management advice for pet owners who are concerned about their pet’s weight management as well as current or future health concerns. If you have questions about your pet’s weight, diet, exercise, or overall health, please don’t hesitate to ask! That’s what we’re here for.