New Year’s Resolution
About 60% of dogs and cats in the US are overweight. Let’s include our pets in a new years resolution to get them to lose weight!
Why is this important? There are many health and financial implications. Not only is arthritis and mobility an issue but obesity increases the risk of heart disease, pancreatitis, fatty liver, heat stroke, urethral obstruction in male cats, diabetes, back problems and can exacerbate any other illness.
A lifetime study in labrador retrievers found that the lean participants lived on average two years longer than the overweight group with the added benefit of delayed onset of chronic illness.
Weight loss of just 6-8% can help reduce the lameness of dogs that have arthritis.
Now how do we get our pets to lose weight? It is easier said than done.
Good luck with the New Year’s resolution!