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Pet Obesity

Is your pet's weight a growing concern?

Greencross Pet Obesity

There is a very high percentage of slightly overweight pets that very quickly become ‘obese’ and unfortunately with this comes many health risks.
If you have noticed that your pet has adopted a few extra  kilos or is a little tubby in general, then now is the time to set your pet off on the right paw. 

What is obesity?

Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder seen in cats and dogs. In Australia, it's estimated that over 40% of Australia’s pets are overweight. 

Causes of obesity

We have little control over some contributing factors to obesity; e.g. breed, sex, heredity, and age. However, there are others which we can control, these being over-feeding and exercise. Most obesity is caused simply because a pet eats more calories than they need. This, in combination with a lack of exercise means the excess calories are stored as body fat.

Overweight pets are likely to:

  • Live a less active and shorter life
  • Become prone to joint and mobility problems
  • Develop skin problems and a lower resistance to infection
  • Be at greater risk during surgery
  • Be disinterested in exercise and play

How to identify if your pet has a weighty problem?

If you answer ‘yes' to any of the ‘weighty’ quiz questions below, or if you think your pet is not at its optimum body condition, you may want to talk to your local Greencross Vet team about a professional weight management program that can be tailored to your pet's specific needs.  

Weighty Quiz Questions (Y or N)

  • Do you have difficulty feeling your pet's ribs?
  • Is there little or no ‘waist'?
  • Do you give your pet table scraps or left overs?
  • Is your pet reluctant to exercise?
  • Does your pet seem to tire easily with activity?
  • Does your pet waddle when it walks?
  • Does your pet keep eating so long as there is food in the bowl?
  • Has your pet been desexed?
  • Have you been told your pet is overweight?
Identifying if your pet has a weight problem is essential for their health and well-being and key to preventing health risks that can be associated with overweight pets. 

Health risks associated with overweight pets:

  • Heart disease
  • Susceptibility to infections
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Neurological disorders
  • Increased surgical & anaesthetic risk
  • Respiratory problems
  • Cancer
  • Earlier onset of joint problems e.g. arthritis
  • Skin problems
  • Reproductive disorders
If your pet has a weight problem, (this includes being underweight) then why not start off the New Year with the help from your local Greencross Vet. Greencross Vet clinic's offer weight management programs tailored specifically to your pets needs, to help them maintain their optimal body weight.