Obesity in Our Dogs and Cats

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L’obésité chez nos chiens et nos chats

Obesity affects approximately 60% of our pets in Canada. It is therefore a health problem that we must address.

Clinique Vétérinaire Beaubien, in the heart of Montreal, in the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, informs you of these risk factors and also gives you some useful tips for your pet.

Obesity remains an important risk factor for the following diseases:

Rupture of the cruciate knee ligament, in dogs especially;
Diabetes;
Cardiac and hepatic disease (liver);
Respiratory disease (worsening of asthma and cough);
Joint disease (osteoarthritis/arthritis).

It is also reported that an animal with a healthy weight will live on average 15% longer. Now that you are convinced, the question that follows is:

How to Control Obesity?

Of course, exercise and the right amount of food remain the 2 aspects to respect. A daily routine is essential for good physical and mental health. Therefore, walking for your dog and playing fetch, hide and seek or playing laser for your cat. Avoid giving them table food and measure (or, even better, weigh) the amount of food recommended for your pet’s weight.

Warning! Sometimes, animals need attention and they take you to their bowl but what they actually want is a hug or a moment with you. The weight charts on your bag of pet food are a good indicator of how much to feed and, if in doubt, your vet can help.

However, if you still have difficulty controlling your dog or cat’s weight, it may be that their food is too rich for their metabolism. At that time, mild or low-calorie foods are available to help you.

How Do I Know if My Pet Is at a Healthy Weight?

Seek the opinion of your veterinarian but generally, when you pet your dog or cat, you should be able to easily feel their ribs with your fingers. However, you should not be able to see the ribs, because at this time, your pet is too thin. There are weight-monitoring services available from your vet if the obesity issue seems overwhelming.

In summary, exercise and the right dosage of dog or cat food are the right ingredients for overcoming your pet’s obesity.

Clinique Vétérinaire Beaubien Accompanies You in Every Step

In the heart of Montreal, in the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, animal health professionals will accompany you in your efforts to allow your doggy or kitty to live a long healthy life. The people at Clinique Vétérinaire Beaubien are masters of their craft and take the time to offer you the best professional services on the market. Don’t wait any longer; place your trust in our clinic’s veterinarians today. We’re waiting for you!

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