Obesity is now the most common nutritional disorder affecting pets and, just as in humans, the prevalence is on the increase. Typically the result of an inappropriate diet and insufficient exercise, obesity represents a serious medical concern that can lead to a number of potentially life threatening complications.
Why does my pet need an Overweight Pet Check?
There are several reasons why an Overweight Pet Check may be beneficial. Firstly, before embarking on a weight management program it is important to check for underlying conditions (such as hypothyroidism, hereditary diseases or diabetes) that may predispose your pet to obesity. Secondly, obesity itself can lead to further complications such as diabetes, pancreatitis and liver disease, and an Overweight pet check can help to identify these early. An Overweight Pet Check also provides a baseline, or reference point, to monitor the success of any weight management program.
What does an Overweight Pet Check entail and what do the results mean for my pet?
An Overweight Pet Check includes a wide range of tests that will provide an overall assessment of your pet's health and help to identify any other diseases that may be contributing to the obesity. The tests will allow your veterinarian to tailor a weight management program specifically suited to your pet's needs - this may include a full physical examination, dietary and exercise recommendations, medication and regular monitoring.
What are the effects of obesity on my pet?
Overweight animals have been shown to have a reduced life expectancy. They are also more likely to suffer from arthritis, back pain, ligament strain, cardiovascular disease, skin disease, liver disease, diabetes, urinary tract problems and pancreatitis. Overweight pets can suffer from exercise or heat intolerance, and the extra weight can make surgical procedures, some medications and anaesthesia more risky.
Would you like to know more?
Speak to your vet who will help you to formulate a weight management program best suited to your pet.
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