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Obesity in Pets: San Antonio Pets & Vets

Recent studies indicate that approximately 50% off cats and dogs in the U.S. are
overweight, and 35% are considered obese. We all love our pets but we need to be
sure we are not showing our love by giving extra food, treats, and table scraps. These
extra calories could actually shorten their life, as overweight animals have been shown
to have a shorter life-span than lean animals. Overweight and obese dogs and cats are
more likely to suffer from arthritis, diabetes mellitus, cardiopulmonary disease, hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease), pancreatitis, cruciate ligament rupture, increased anesthetic risk, and more.

It can be hard to recognize if your pet is overweight since weight gain often happens
gradually. A body condition scale has been developed to help assist in evaluation and
determine how much weight your pet may need to lose to reach an optimum body
condition. Diet and exercise are the keys to optimum weight but health conditions that
can lead to obesity such as thyroid disease may need to be ruled out as an initial step
towards a healthy weight. If you are concerned, that your pet may be overweight and
would like to discuss a weight loss plan tailored to your pet, please contact us for an

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