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Dog & cat obesity: management & prevention

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Ensure your pet doesn’t get unhealthily overweight

Dog & Cat Obesity: Management & Prevention

Obesity is a common problem in domestic pets, but it is preventable. While spoiling our fur babies, it is important to consider their health and provide them with a complete and balanced diet, as well as regular exercise.

This information will help you understand obesity and its effects, and how to prevent obesity in your pet.

A bit about obesity


Once an animal becomes obese, it can be difficult for them to return to a normal body weight. If you are concerned, it is important to discuss this with your vet as soon as possible.

How do I know if my pet is overweight?

It is important to monitor your pet’s weight and body condition. Animals are considered overweight when they are 10-20% above their ideal body weight and obese if greater than 20% above. Some important features of a healthy body condition include:

Assessing your dog or cat’s body condition

The diagram below outlines the ideal body condition for your dog or cat.

Ideal body weight diagram

Some factors associated with obesity

Obesity is caused by excessive intake of food, without the necessary energy output. However, there are some factors that are important to consider that could make your pet prone to obesity, including:

There is an association between obesity and cancer, and in a veterinary setting, obese patients have a higher risk of anaesthetic and surgical complications.

Does being obese harm your pet?

Obesity can lead to a reduced lifespan and poorer quality of life. Obesity leads to exercise intolerance and lethargy, and can also increase the incidence of:

Managing and preventing obesity

Weight loss

It is important to avoid malnutrition and obesity in growing puppies and kittens. Obesity as a puppy or kitten can lead to difficulty in maintaining a health bodyweight in adulthood.

Activities and Exercise

Regular physical activity is important for a healthy pet. All pets need to engage in daily activities, which not only provide exercise, but also mental stimulation.

Diet and Treats

The best nutrition is a premium quality commercial food, which provides a complete and balanced diet.

It is important to discuss with your veterinarian the most suitable diet for your pet’s energy requirements, breed, age and any underlying diseases, and refer to the specific feeding guidelines on their food.

Pets love treats and they are very useful training aids. However:

Got a pet health question?

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Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

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Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Advantage for Dogs

Advantage is the fastest relief from fleas for dogs and not only kills fleas fast, it acts on multiple flea stages to rid infestations too. Treats
Fleas , Mites , Lice

Activities with pets

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Get up off the couch and have fun with your pet