Are You Oblivious to Your Pet’s Burgeoning Weight Problem?

Denial prevents you and your pet from changing habits that harm good health.

Obesity plagues the pet world in the same manner it does the human world, by cutting life short.  Dogs and cats who are obese, like their owners, have higher risk for deadly diseases. There is also greater wear and tear on muscles and joints which lead to mobility issues.

When a cat or dog gains weight rapidly, it can indicate a bigger problem with their health. Getting advice from a trained medical professional is always advisable. The vet orders a series of tests to determine the underlying issue causing the weight gain.

Knowing what could be causing your dog or cat to put on pounds helps you develop a plan of action concerning their health. Having access to tools that monitor feeding schedules, vet appointments, and medication types makes a difference by allowing you to stay on top of your pet’s care plan easily. Below are some of the most common causes of pet obesity.

Environmental

Overfeeding is one of the biggest contributors to pet weight gain. If you’re constantly asking, “What foods can’t dogs eat?” Or, you ponder the question, “Can cats eat dog food for a day?” You have some research to do.

Feeding your pets the wrong foods can contribute to obesity. Not giving them enough exercise, and failing to recognize the right canine or feline body condition can cause you to not acknowledge weight gain in your pet. Having your pet weighed at the vet clinic helps you identify weight issues with your dog or cat.

Physiology

Pets that are older have a harder time burning excess calories. They aren’t as active as they were as puppies and kittens. If they lay around, the calories become fat deposits on their bodies, so it’s important to encourage pets to exercise and play regularly.

Some breeds are genetically predisposed to weight issues, too. Dogs that are terriers, spaniels, dachshunds, labrador retrievers, and beagles are at higher risk for obesity. Mixed breeds of cats such as the abyssinian are more likely to be genetically predisposed to excess weight.

Previous Surgeries

Spaying and neutering pets can increase their appetite. This is due to a decrease of sex hormones which affect energy reserves. If your pet has had surgery and suddenly is eating more, that is why.

Current Medications

Certain medicines can cause pets to be hungrier. If you’re struggling to keep up with how much your pets are eating or their medication schedule, you’ll want to download an app to help you keep track of this information. The Petrics app assists with medication and appointment reminders as well as letting you look up pet food ingredients, and receive notifications of any recalls that have taken place recently.

Diseases

There are three different diseases that cause weight gain in dogs. They are hypothyroidism, insulinoma, and hyperadrenocorticism. Animals diagnosed with these diseases are often prescribed medications that also cause weight gain.

Change takes time. Researchers argue that it can take anywhere from 15 to 30 days for new habits to stick. Armed with the knowledge you now have about pet obesity, it’s time for you and your pets to start living a long, healthy life together. That’s what you wanted for your dogs and cats when you adopted them in the first place, right?

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