According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, over half of all dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. Weight management problems are growing due to increasingly sedentary lifestyles, owners who don’t have enough time to exercise pets, overfeeding and giving pets too many treats and table scraps.
The most common health problems related to excess weight include:
Our veterinarians at Blackhawk Veterinary Hospital will let you know the best food for your pet and how much to feed them based on species, age, weight, and lifestyle. Dogs require about 30 minutes of exercise daily to maintain a healthy weight and to keep from becoming destructive. Cats sleep more, so it’s important to take advantage of your cat’s awake time to engage in activities that get the cat moving. Contact Blackhawk Veterinary Hospital at 925-736-7440 to request a weight management consultation today.