The calories can really add up when we show our love with too many treats. Obesity in pets is a serious health issue just the same as it is with people. Problems such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease can shorten their lives significantly. Fortunately, here at Sarasota Veterinary Center our whole team is knowledgeable on diets and other tools to help you manage your pets weight back to better health and a longer life.
When animals are fed normal pet food and multiple treats, as well as “people food” and table scraps, it isn’t long before they are overweight and eventually downright obese. This affects their heart and lungs, the joints of their legs and all their internal organs. It not only takes years off their life, but causes them pain and suffering, as well. The best way to control weight is to manage calories taken in and to burn off excess calories with exercise.
Fortunately, obesity can be prevented predominately by dietary means. Controlling the amount of calories consumed can prevent and reverse obesity. This is not to say that you should not exercise your pets, but there are times that it just isn’t possible. Even then, you can make a difference in your pet’s quality of life with calorie control. All it takes is the commitment of the pet owner and a proper diet.