Obesity is a growing problem in our domestic pet population. A combination of factors including more sedentary life-styles and the high palatability of modern pet foods has contributed to this serious disease.
Obesity not only greatly reduces a pet’s comfort and mobility, but it predisposes them to orthopedic problems, diabetes, respiratory problems and potentially liver and pancreatic diseases. Studies have shown us that the life span of an overweight dog can be shortened by as much as two years compared to a dog with healthy weight management.
Both you and your veterinary caregiver must closely monitor obesity management and weight loss. Our rehabilitation specialists incorporate individualized dietary counseling as well as a medically supervised exercise program for achieving safe and steady weight reduction.
Download a Purina study on obesity, here.