Pet Obesity Awareness

Did you know that Pet Obesity Awareness Day is October 7th? Obesity is one of the biggest health problems our animal companions face. In fact, according to some studies, well over half of our four-legged companions are overweight or obese! While we do understand that chubby pets are cute, unfortunately, they also face some very serious health issues. A local Happy Valley, OR vet discusses pet obesity awareness below.

Health Risks

Many of the health risks associated with obesity for pets are the same as those that overweight people face. Some of the most serious ones include heart disease, liver trouble, diabetes, kidney issues, respiratory issues, and even certain types of cancer. Those extra pounds can also cause or contribute to painful bone/joint disorders, such as arthritis, and can increase the chance that your pet will face complications after surgery or anesthesia.


Although age, genetics, and health issues can contribute to obesity in pets, diet and exercise really play the biggest role in determining your pet’s weight. Feed your animal companion a healthy, high-quality food, but don’t go overboard with fatty snacks. Serving size is also important. Even giving your dog or cat just a few too many calories a day can cause your pet to gain weight! Begging is another factor. Dogs and cats are both extremely good at getting us to fork over yummy snacks. It can be hard to resist that cute face and those big sad eyes, but don’t let your pet manipulate you! Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations, including portion sizes and suitable treats.

Preventing Obesity

It’s very important to keep your pet active. If you have a dog, ask your vet for advice on Fido’s exercise needs, as your pup’s exercise requirements will depend on his age, weight, breed, and health. If you have a cat, keep your kitty active by offering her lots of fun toys and taking time to play with her regularly.

Weight Loss

Is your pet getting pudgy? Talk to your vet before making any changes to your furry friend’s diet. Just like people, animals must lose weight slowly in order to slim down without risking their health. Crash diets are very dangerous, as they are very bad for pet’s metabolism. Follow your vet’s recommendations.

Do you have questions about your pet’s diet or care? Contact us, your local Happy Valley, OR animal clinic, today!

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