Losing weight seems to be on just about every other person’s to-do list for the new year—but humans aren’t the only ones with an excess poundage problem. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Just like people, overweight pets are more likely to develop diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, joint injuries, and cancer.
The fact is that well-loved pets are often too-well-fed pets. Your I-20 Animal Medical Center veterinarian can help you figure out what diet is best for your dog or cat, as well as how much to feed. Here are some other helpful tips for regulating your pet’s food intake and activity: (more…)