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Obesity in Cats and Dogs

Pet owners today like to show their pets love by giving them treats, home cooked meals or even extra chow at feeding time but what owners don’t know is that they are possibly making their pets obese. Obesity is an excessive accumulation of fat in the body. Weight gain occurs gradually over time so you may not notice it at first, in most cases it is usually the vet that informs you about it. There is a simple test you can do to identify if your pet is overweight, it is done by gently passing your hand over the back and ribs. In a healthy dog, the bones are felt easily without adding too much pressure. If you can’t feel these bones easily your pet may be overweight and if it continues they can develop diseases as a result.

It is important to have biannual check-ups at the vet where you can discuss overweight management if your pet is overweight. There are only two ways for your pet to lose weight, firstly by increasing the amount of energy used i.e. exercise and secondly by decreasing the calorie intake. Your vet will recommend you feed your pet a smaller portion of chow and not too many treats between meals and to have regular daily exercise, for example, going on evening walks with your pet. In cases for cats, have interactive toys around the home or a cat tree for them to climb and jump on.

If you notice that your pet is overweight or suffering from any disease you should see the vet as soon as possible. The health and well-being of your pets are our priority, we at the TTSPCA Tobago Animal Shelter and Clinic are here to provide advice or aid where necessary. If you require further information, assistance or have questions contact us at 639-2567 or email us at ttspcatobago@mail.com. For emergencies you can contact us at 309-0219.


Author: Dr. Danyelle Harbajan
Last Updated: 2020-07-15T16:55:21.420Z