Monday, January 2, 2012

Health Tip: Safe and Healthy Weight Loss for Dogs

Great website with tips for SLOW and healthy weight loss!

Including how to tell if your pet is a healthy weight:
Healthy Weight
  • Ribs are easily felt
  • Tucked abdomen – no sagging stomach
  • Waist when viewed from above
Your Pet is Overweight if…
  • Difficult to feel ribs under fat
  • Sagging stomach – you can grab a handful of fat!
  • Broad, flat back
Just like humans, pets can have thyroid issues too.

Primary Risks of Excess Weight in Pets

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart and Respiratory Disease
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Kidney Disease
  • Many Forms of Cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)

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