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Obesity and Disease

With spring on the horizon it’s time to help your pets lose that winter bloom. Excess weight can lead to many health problems.

You would think that dieting would be easy for pets since you control their food intake. But when those sad little eyes look up at you, you melt and reach for the treats. Maybe if you knew the downside of excess weight it would help you to look the other way.

Too many extra pounds can lead to health problems.

Chief among them is diabetes. We hear in the news everyday about the increasing incidence in people. The same is true for our pets.

Heavy pets put more wear and tear on bones and joints, causing ligament injuries, arthritis and herniated discs. All are painful conditions.

Obese cats have a condition where fat infiltrates the liver. This causes the liver to stop working, a potentially fatal disease. People get this one too.

Added pounds put more strain on the heart. The heart muscle stretches, decreasing its ability to be a good pump. Fluid builds up in the body with serious consequences such as congestive heart failure and high blood pressure.

Excess weight can also lead to kidney, hormonal and breathing problems.

Here’s an easy tip to check for appropriate body condition. Your pet should have a thin cushion of fat between the skin and ribs and a nice tucked up abdomen.

Spring is slim down time.

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