Veazie Veterinary Clinic
1522 State Street, Veazie, ME
(207) 941-8840

Obesity Risks

Obesity in pets can lead to numerous health problems that can affect your pet’s quality of life. It is important to feed the correct amount of a well-balanced diet in order to achieve optimal weight and body condition.

Pets & Obesity

Just as with humans, obesity risks are becoming an ever present health problem in pets. It is a serious health problem, with an average of one third of dogs and cats in the United States that are considered overweight. Obesity can lead to multiple issues:

  • Arthritis
  • Respiratory Compromise
  • Increased Anesthesia Risk
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hepatic Lipidosis
  • Reduced Life Span
  • Neoplasia
  • Oral Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Increased Risk for Cardiac Diseases
  • Constipation
  • Decreased ability to groom properly

Most of us know that less food and more exercise is the answer, but it’s hard to know where to start. That is where we come in. You can consult with one of our technicians about the type of food you are feeding your pet, how much you are feeding, and what changes you need to make to get your pet eating healthier.

We can also give you exercises and information on how to increase your pet’s activity even when you are not home or are too busy to exercise them.