Focus on Keeping Your Pet Fit

The 2015 statistics on Pet Obesity show that 53% of dogs and 58% of cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese and that 90% of owners haven’t recognized their pets’ predicament.

Spring is around the corner, with its promise of better weather for exercising your pet, so for the next three weeks we’re going to focus on what you can do now to avoid your pet joining the growing list of obesity related diseases and conditions.

As a reality check, the Pet Insurance industry just released the most common obesity related pet disorders for 2015:

    For Dogs:
    Arthritis, Urinary Tract Disease, Low Thyroid Production, Liver Disease, Torn Cruciate Ligaments, Diabetes, Spinal Disc Disease, Heart Failure

    For Cats:
    Urinary Tract Disease, Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, Asthma, Arthritis, High Blood Pressure, Heart Failure, Gall Bladder Disease

Next week we will help you select the appropriate food for your pet’s breed, lifestyle, age, and activity level. Then we’ll tackle the often high calorie world of Pet Treats and throw in suggestions for how to keep your pet engaged in active play and exercise.

Pittsburgh Spay & Vaccination Clinic is a state-of-the-art, full-service suburban veterinary facility serving the Pittsburgh Area since 1980.. We offer diagnostic, medical, surgical, and dental care to dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, and pocket pets in the Pittsburgh area.

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