A real problem causing serious consequences
Have you noticed that your adult companion is a bit chubby? Experience tells us that the vast majority of people are unable to detect the overweight of their dog or cat. And yet, according to some statistics, one cat in five would be overweight. And eight percent would be downright obese.
You may think that it is cute with its roundness, but as in humans, the overweight of your companion can be the source of a multitude of health problems. Your veterinarian does not take this weight problem lightly. Allow us the word game!
In the Report on Animal Welfare in Canada (published in 2011), Canadian veterinarians identified weight control and management as the most important gesture that pet owners can make to increase the length of time they live. life of their pet. There are two ways that a pet can be overweight. Using a standard 9-point assessment system, where 1 is emaciated / lean and 9 is massively obese, an animal is defined as overweight with a score of 6 or 7 out of 9 and is obese when scored. greater than 7 out of 9 on the scale. Homeowners need to understand that these obese animals are at serious risk to their health and that obesity has a long list of harmful effects.
- Life expectancy 15% lower
- Osteoarthritis and ambulatory difficulty (5% excess weight in an animal has a direct impact on osteoarthritis)
- Arterial hypertension
- Hepatic and cardiovascular problems
- Higher risk of cancer
- Respiratory problem especially in brachycephalic breeds (boxer, Bulldog etc.)
- Skin problem
- High risk of anterior cruciate ligament rupture
- Intolerance to exercise and heat
- Increased anesthetic risks
- Gastrointestinal problems like constipation and flatulence
All of these effects help to shorten life expectancy and compromise the quality of life animals. Healthy and physically fit animals live longer, are happier and enjoy more of life. Consult your veterinarian to find out how you can help your pet maintain a good physical shape and good body condition and a healthy weight.