With 41.5% of dogs and 32% of cat’s overweight or obese, obesity is fast becoming the most common form of malnutrition in Australian pets today.
Obesity in animals is usually caused by excessive food intake and lack of exercise. If given the opportunity most dogs will eat as much as they physically can. Cats on the other hand are better at regulating their own food intake but many are overly fond of food and therefore eat in excess of their daily requirements. Other contributing factors such as old age, breed of pet and some medical problems can also increase the chance of your pet being overweight.
All pets have an ideal weight for their size and breed. Our vets and veterinary nurses will be able to tell you what this is for your pet.
A good guide, other than the general appearance of your animal, is the amount of fat cover over the ribs. If your pet is thin or normal, the ribs will be easier to see. With overweight animals the ribs are difficult to feel. Some overweight animals, especially cats, may have a pendulous abdomen.