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Slimdown your Pets

Humans aren’t the only ones who gain weight. Sometimes our furry little friends pack on the pounds and in many cases it’s hard to know how to help them slim back down. Veterinarian, Dr. Jessica Lam discusses obesity in pets.

Is your pet overweight?
A pet is considered obese if their weight is 20% over the ideal. This occurs when pets consume more food energy than they need. As they gain weight they also gain more fat cells and the size of those fat cells increases. In many cases animals aren’t being fed properly, consume too many treats and get little to no exercise.

Obesity Issues
  • Joint problems
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory issues
  • Hypertension and possible heart failure
  • Immune suppression
  • Decreased life span

Predisposing factors
  • Old age
  • Sedentary – no activity
  • More than 1 pet household
  • Genetics
  • Obese as puppy
  • Being female
  • Neutering  
Control weight loss
  • A cup of food always depends on the cup
  • Food package guidelines are just guidelines
  • Underestimation of the power of treats
  • Free feeding vs. meal feeding

Dr. Jessica Lam, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

The information provided on the show is for general information purposes only.  If you have a health problem, medical emergency, or a general health question, you should contact a physician or other qualified health care provider for consultation, diagnosis and/or treatment. Under no circumstances should you attempt self-diagnosis or treatment based on anything you have seen on the show.

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