There’s a weight problem in America and it isn’t just affecting humans. The most recent statistics classify the majority of dogs in the U.S. 56% as overweight or obese. While that makes obesity a major health crisis for dogs, it’s a problem that’s often overlooked, as many pet owners may not even realize their pets are overweight.
While all work and no play can make Jack a dull boy, the results can be even worse for Jack’s pet friends.
November is Pet Diabetes Month. I will be sharing various diabetes tips with all my pet loving friends this month. To begin, I want to share some alarming statistics.
People and pets are both suffering from expanding waistlines. It’s a fact that nearly half of America is overweight, and today that statistic holds true for pets as well.
Over half of our dogs are clinically obese, which by definition means they are 15 percent or more above their ideal weight. Being 10 percent overweight decreases a dog’s life span by one third and predisposes them to heart, liver, and kidney disease as well as arthritis.
Twenty-Five percent of cats are clinically obese, which is defined as an excess accumulation of body fat. This is important because obesity can reduce your cats life span. Obesity also predisposes to Heart Disease, Skin Disorders, Arthritis, and Fatty Liver Disease, Cancer, Lower Urinary Tract Disease, and Diabetes. Obesity can either cause or result from Diabetes. In either case…
Cats are naturally finicky when it comes to food and missing an occasional meal is not unusual, but cats that stop eating completely even for a few days can develop a liver problem called Fatty Liver or Hepatic Lipidosis which is very serious. This liver disease perpetuates both the appetite loss and the cat’s illness.…