Like most pet owners, you’re probably guilty of giving in to those puppy dog eyes and undeniable cuteness and giving your pet an extra treat, or two, or three…
Understanding why maintaining a healthy weight is so important is integral for the long-term health and wellbeing of your pet.
Just like humans, being overweight will have a negative effect on your pet’s health. Excess weight can age your pet prematurely and can lead to health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Plus, eating too many sugary treats won’t be doing their teeth much good either.
But it’s not just future health concerns you need to think about. Carrying extra weight will affect your dog’s mobility and fitness in the here and now, putting extra strain on their joints and ultimately putting them on the fast track to early-onset arthritis.
And if you have a brachycephalic dog breed (short nose, flat face) such as a Pug, French Bulldog, Boxer, Bulldog, etc., being overweight will only exacerbate pre-disposed health issues like breathing difficulties and for some, skin-fold infections.
In this series of blog posts, written by our very own physiotherapist Eve Bestwick, we’re putting Pet Weight & Health in the Spotlight with the aim of helping you understand:
- How to assess your cat or dog’s weight with body condition scoring
- How extra weight affects your pet’s mobility
- How to manage your cat or dog’s weight through diet and exercise
If you like what you’ve read in this blog post, don’t forget to share it with your friends and family on social media and help them learn why and how to manage their pet’s weight.