Pudgy pets

By Connie Orcutt • Published: August 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

The obesity epidemic in the United States is not just a people problem anymore. Nearly half our nation’s adult dogs and cats are overweight or obese … and the problem is getting worse. What’s more, many owners can’t even tell their pet is pudgy.

Like people, overweight dogs and cats are at greater risk for health problems including osteoarthritis, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory problems, and kidney disease.

Pet obesity starts as a people problem. Treats are still a major cause of pet weight gain. To compound the concern, many of our pets don’t get enough exercise. We also need to keep up with routine visits to the veterinarian, who can monitor our pets’ weight, check for problems and formulate weight-loss plans if needed.

Need to drop pounds yourself? Talk to your doctor and make better health a family affair.