Obesity can be defined as an excess of body fat that is enough to impair health, welfare and quality of life. It can affect all types of pet, and the main cause is from eating too much or not exercising enough, although some diseases can cause obesity.
Obesity in people is generally 20% above ideal body weight. This is similar in pets; however, 20% in small cats and dogs can equal just a few extra pounds. 20% for a 10 pound Chihuahua is only 2 extra pounds.
We believe obesity is a serious welfare issue in pets because it:
- Can cause a lot of unnecessary suffering and can be extremely disabling.
- Can affect animals for long periods.
- Is a preventable and detectable problem!