In the United States alone, an estimated  43.8 million dogs and 55 million cats are overweight or obese – yes, that’s a lot of fat cats! Even though we bipeds have our own weight issues, pets are quickly catching up to us on the scales. Pet obesity is a major epidemic that affects every age, breed, and locality. Common consequences of pet obesity  include:

  • Heat intolerance
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Breathing problems
  • Ligament injuries
  • Kidney disease
  • Many types of cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)

Regardless of where your pet is on the scales, our Goldorado team is here to help! Here are our best strategies for addressing obesity in pets:

Know what your pet is eating.

As with food for people, read the labels. Check the nutritional content and take heed of claims that aren’t backed up with research. Beware of fat, sugar, salt, and artificial ingredients. Also, be aware of where your pet may be getting extra food such as from table scraps, the garbage, and even other people.

An excellent choice to conquer pet obesity is Hills Prescription Diet Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution foods for both cats and dogs. In its clinical trials, Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution had an 88% success rate in pet weight loss within the first 2 months of use. It has also been proven to safely provide 28% body fat loss in dogs and 29% body fat loss in cats in that same time frame. This food provides your pet with the nutrition he or she needs to feel full and satisfied between meals, the urge to snack and sneak treats is reduced. This makes it easier for you and your pet to control how much food your pet is consuming throughout the day. Goldorado Animal Hospital is proud to be an authorized retailer of Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution, and our staff is happy to discuss this as an option for your pet’s weight loss plan.

Keep track of your pet’s weight.

As with people, obesity is not purely an appearance issue for pets. Real scientific measurements such as the “Body Condition Score” (BCS) are what matters.  Online you can find handy guides to evaluate how your pet currently stacks up.

Take your pet to the vet.

In addition to a physical exam and other relevant tests, our Goldorado team is trained to help you keep your pet at an ideal weight for their stage of life. Whether you need nutrition advice or training tips to increase activity, we are here to help.

Get your pet moving.

Taking your pet out for a short walk to do his or her “business” is not enough, especially if your pet needs to lose weight. Make sure your pet gets moving regularly and adding variety to their exercise regimen.  As an added bonus, you will find it easier to meet your own fitness goals!  Above all, have fun in the process.