pet obesity

Are certain pets more likely to be obese?

Pet Health Questions:

Are certain pets more likely to be obese?

Several factors make obesity more likely in pets. E.g. for dogs:

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  • Breed - certain breeds have a higher risk.
  • Age – the risk increases with age.
  • Neuter status – neutered dogs are more at risk.
  • Sex – apart from older dogs, obesity is reported to be more common in females.
  • Owner – obese owners may be more likely to have obese dogs, perhaps because they are less likely to exercise their dog, or less able to recognise obesity.

*Similar factors may also be associated with other animals.

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Fat Cat Tuesday

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It’s Fat Cat Tuesday! 

Is your cat fat?  Overweight and actually obese cats outnumber cats of normal weight and are being seen more and more commonly by veterinarians for various disorders. In fact, obesity in cats can predispose the cat to diabetes, hepatic lipidosis and arthritis.

Ideal Weights of Cat Types
Domestic Cat 8-10 lbs.
Persian 7-12 lbs.
Siamese 5-10 lbs.
Maine Coon 10-25 lbs.

 

 

Is your pet at risk?

The Health Risks of Obesity

Obesity can cause serious health and welfare problems, and make existing problems worse. This can reduce the length and quality of a pet’s life.

Some serious medical conditions associated with obesity are:

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • respiratory distress
  • high blood pressure
  • cancers
  • joint and mobility issues

Obesity is also likely to affect a pet’s ability to perform natural behaviors (e.g. exercise normally).

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A BIG pet health issue

Pet obesity

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!

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4 simple steps to a healthy pet

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What’s Weighing on Your Pet’s Health?

When’s the last time you weighed your pet?  Like humans, it’s not unusual for your pet to sneak on a few extra pounds over the years. This extra weight can have serious implications for a pet’s overall health. That’s why it is important to identify what your pet’s ideal weight and actual weight are.  The EZ Vet- Paw Watchers kiosk is the original pet scale kiosk that allows pet owners to evaluate if their pet is at a healthy weight, and will educate on ways to prevent pet obesity and offer solutions to correct the problem if needed.

Pet obesity is a serious issue in the United States, and growing.  Pet obesity rates continued to increase in 2012, and with the number of overweight cats reaching an all-time high. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that 52.5% of dogs and 58.3% of cats are considered overweight or obese by their veterinarian. That equals approximately 80 million U.S. dogs and cats that are overweight, and now have an increased risk for weight-related disorders such as diabetes, osteoarthritis and hypertension.  The EZ Vet- Paw Watchers kiosk offers a convenient way to help monitor a pet’s weight to make sure they do not fall into this growing trend.

ez vet paw watcher kioskMany pet owners have no idea, or want to admit, that their pet is overweight. They may guess their 9 pound Chihuahua is 2-3 pounds overweight and not think it’s a big deal.  But those 3 little extra pounds is approximately 33% of their body weight.  Can you image carrying around 33% extra weight? Many pet owners simply don’t know what the healthy weight range is for their pet’s breed, gender and age or understand why it is so important.  The EZ Vet- Paw Watchers kiosk utilizes interactive cutting-edge technology to easily gather specifics about the pet and then generates a personalized free pet weight analysis.

EZ Vet launched the Paw Watchers kiosk concept in South Florida in 2013 and have several locations scheduled throughout the US for 2014. A clinical version will also available in 2014 for use in veterinary practices and animal hospitals. Paw Watchers is more than just a useful tool for monitoring a pet’s weight- it offers responsive marketing.  The Paw Watchers kiosk is also a great tool for retailers and veterinarians with its automated email and texting system, data capture and analysis and instant coupon generation to promote product and service sales.

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Pet obesity tied to major health issues

Pet Health: The statistics are staggering. A 2012 veterinary survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention revealed 52.5 percent of pet dogs and 58.3 percent of cats are overweight. That equates to 80 million pets at risk for weight-related disorders including diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, several cancers and a shortened life.

Another startling discovery was that 45 percent of owners were stunned when a veterinarian said their pet was overweight. They simply don’t see it.

Too much food, along with tasty tidbits from human meals compromises any pet’s health. The same can be said for humans. In fact, overweight owners, in my unscientific observation, are more likely to over feed their pets.

pet-obesity 4Certain breeds showed greater risk for excess weight. Of the nearly 1,500 dogs in the survey, 58.9 percent of Labrador retrievers and a whopping 62.7 percent of golden retrievers were classified as overweight or obese.

It has been reported that veterinarians continue to see an escalation in the number of overweight cats and an explosion in Type 2 diabetes cases.

He further says he sees a clear connection between pet and childhood obesity rates. “The causes are largely the same: too many high-calorie foods and snacks combined with too little physical activity. Share crunchy vegetables (such as carrots) with your dog instead of sugary, fatty treats.”

“Obesity is rampant, setting up more and more pets for joint problems during their lives, costing hundreds of millions of dollars in veterinary bills and countless surgical procedures for weight-related conditions.”

Claims filed with Veterinary Pet Insurance Co., the nation’s largest pet health insurance provider, has seen pet obesity-related claims soar. In 2012, policyholders filed more than $34 million in claims for conditions and diseases that can be caused by excess weight.

Based on its database of 485,000 insured pets, the company determined the top 5 dog and cat obesity-related conditions are:

Dogs

1.Arthritis

2.Bladder/urinary tract disease

3.Undiagnosed limp

4.Low thyroid hormone

5.Liver disease

Cats

1.Bladder/urinary tract disease

2.Chronic kidney disease

3.Diabetes

4.Asthma

5.Liver disease

Taking your pet to the veterinarian for regular wellness visits is the most effective way to monitor their weight.  Daily exercise, a regulated diet and watching for signs of weight gain are important steps toward avoiding obesity and related health issues.

As mentioned, these statistics are no laughing matter. Most pet owners don’t think twice about feeding their pet table scraps and fatty foods, but doing so increases the risk of unnecessary health problems and shortens their life expectancy.

Overfeeding a commercial diet can lead to the same issues. If I fed my Newfoundlands what the kibble bag recommends (based on weight), they’d blow up like balloons. They get approximately half, if not less, than the recommended serving size, split into two meals a day.

EZ Vet is your companion to a healthy pet!

Visit an EZ Vet kiosk regularly to monitor your pet’s weight and health.

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Pet Post Weightloss Plastic Surgery

PET NEWS: Heaviest Dog? Obese Duchshund Undergoes Tummy Tuck After Losing 40 Pounds; Vets Remove Two Pounds Of Skin

Obie has just received a tummy tuck. The once obese dachshund has recently undergone surgery to remove over two pounds of lose skin after going on a serious diet. Already on recovery, owner says the dog must lose 5 pounds more.

The pet–originally named AJ–previously weighed 77 pounds after being spoiled with food by its aging owners. Now, at 7 years old, Obie had to undergo a serious process of shedding weight. Adopted by Certified Veterinary Technician Nora Vanetta and renamed Obie, the dog went through an eight-month process of serious dieting. The progression which had the pet lose 40 pounds, was well-documented online via a Facebook page, Biggest Loser Doxie Edition.

On April 30, Obie underwent a canine tummy tuck at the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin, removing his excess skin after the weight loss. The skin weighed 2 ½ pounds, leaving the dog at 35 pounds–he weighed 37 pounds before the surgery.

“Obie had a great night and all is well. He is back to a pretty normal routine minus walks and play time,” Vanatta posted on Facebook two days after the surgery. “We haven’t weighed him since the surgery, but he lost 2-1/2 pounds of skin, so he should be around 35 pounds now,” read another post.

The vet also noted that she wanted Obie to lose five more pounds of weight. According to the New York Daily News, a traditional dachshund should only weigh between 16 and 32 pounds.

“I figure his healthy weight is between 28 and 30 pounds,” Vanatta noted.

As part of the dachshund’s extreme weight loss process, he was fed a special high-protein diet of Purina OM Overweight Management Canine Formula. After losing five more pounds, doctors will be evaluating Obie’s health and state.

Obie

(Photo : facebook.com/BiggestLoserDoxieEdition) Obie, the dachshund, recently under went surgery to remove two pounds of excess skin.

“My hope is that he can be an inspiration to any person or animal trying to lose weight,” Veterinary Vanatta posted on Obie’s Facebook Page. “It is so important to introduce pups and kids to a healthy lifestyle and food choices as early as possible. Prevention is the key!”

To learn more about Obie’s story visit his Facebook Page: facebook.com/BiggestLoserDoxieEdition, and his website, obiedog.com.

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What is the State of Your Pet’s Health?

The rate of overweight and obese pets has reached epidemic levels in the United States, affecting approximately 1 in 4 dogs and cats.

While some may consider pets to be cuter or happier when they are overweight, the truth is, that extra weight is linked to other serious conditions such as arthritis, heart, respiratory problems and diabetes.

State of Health Report

Causes of Pet Obesity

ez vet pet obesitySimilar to people, the main causes are a poor diet and overeating. Unlike human adults, dogs are not responsible for their obesity, their people are. If I left out a five pound food for my dogs, I’m quite certain that they would eat all the food in front of them, even after they were full. Give your pet enough high quality food for them to be satisfied, feed twice a day (as free feeding is another cause of obesity), and keep their amounts consistent. If you use treats for training, make sure the amount of treats they receive during training are deducted from their mealtime kibble.

Ez Vet kiosk is a convenient way to monitor your pet’s weight and make sure they are not gaining too much weight. It’s free, convenient and reliable.