Obesity Facts

September 4, 2014

  • Dogs are more likely to encounter weight control problems than cats.
  • Animals at greater risk are female, older, poorly exercised, “only” pets (i.e. single pet households).
  • Obesity is associated with medical problems such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, liver disease & increased surgical risk.
  • The overweight pet has a shorter life span & poorer quality of life, compromising its welfare.
  • Obesity is the product of a positive energy balance where caloric intake exceeds output, leading to adiposity. 95% of cases must be treated through control of caloric intake. The bond between the owner and the animal is a crucial factor determining the caloric intake & subsequent body condition of an animal.