Pet Talk: Is Your Pet Obese?
Like humans, pets can develop excess body fat that can lead to serious health problems such as diabetes or degenerative joint disease. But how can you tell if your pet is obese?
In recognition of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day on Oct. 11, Dr. Audrey Cook, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, offers some insight.
“It can be hard for owners to determine if their pet is at an ideal weight, so ask your veterinarian for their opinion,” Cook said. “In addition, you can check your pet's weight regularly at home to catch weight gain early.”
Obesity is a serious health condition that can directly impact a pet’s lifespan and quality of life. For instance, an obese pet may have difficulty breathing, become fatigued with routine exercise, and be unable to groom itself effectively. Although obesity is treatable, in most cases, it takes time and dedication to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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