Obese Pets on the Rise

By: Erica Dao
By: Erica Dao

Gomer is considered to be obese. According to his vet, Dr. Kevin Landorf, his owners are being too generous.
"People tend to give way too many treats. They give people food they shouldn't give," said Dr. Kevin Landorf of the Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital.
Gomer is one of many pudgy pooches. Pet obesity is becoming more and more common and so are diets. Gomer has already lost three pounds, with 12 more to go.
Like obese humans, pets can develop diabetes, heart disease, and joint problems. To catch the problem early, there is an easy way to check.
"By simply putting your hands along their sides you should be able to feel each of their ribs. There shouldn't be very much tissue between the rib and your fingers."
Dr. Landorf says the number one risk factor for a shorter life span in pets is obesity, so it's up to owners to control Fluffy's eating habits.
"They can't wake up at midnight and got to the refrigerator and get a snack, so the only way they can is if we let them have the calories."
The food humans eat is not completely balanced for cats and dogs. So it's best to stick with the store bought stuff specially made for our furry friends.
"The food companies have spent a lot of money to develop appropriate nutrients for pets, for dogs and cats, and so it's best to feed a commercial brand, a good quality commercial brand."
It's plain and simple, pets like humans, need a dose of tail-wagging, weight-watching to shed the pounds.


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