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Posted on 10-05-2017

Our Colorado Springs Veterinarian Staff Can Help Local Pet Owners Prevent & Manage Animal Obesity 

Overweight and obesity don't only affect humans: our pets can also fall victim to this widespread health issue. At Centennial Animal Hospital, our Colorado Springs veterinarian team wants every local pet owner to know how to recognize signs and symptoms of overweight animals, so hopefully, any weight issues can be addressed as soon as possible.

Obese cat in Colorado Springs, CO.

The Problem with Pet Obesity

Unfortunately, more than half of the dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. This poses many problems for both pet owners and their beloved pets themselves:

  • Like humans, animals that are overweight are at a greater risk of developing chronic health problems including diabetes, arthritis, and certain cancers.
  • Aside from imposing pain, stress, and discomfort for the animals, these weight-related issues can shorten an animal's lifespan.
  • Obesity and obesity-related issues can incur costly medical expenses for pet owners. 

5 Ways to Tell That Your Pet Is Overweight

So, how exactly can you know for sure if your cat or dog weighs too much? Here are 5 helpful clues to keep in mind:

  1. You can't easily feel your dog's or cat's ribs without having to squeeze or press too hard. 
  2. You can't easily see a defined and narrow "waist" area when looking at your cat or dog from above or from the side. 
  3. Your cat or dog appears to have difficulty getting around. They may also tire easily, have a hard time getting off the floor or jumping onto things, or may have problems breathing. 
  4. Your cat or dog has visible folds of skin and fat over the chest, spine, and base of the tail.
  5. Your cat or dog has difficulty with self-grooming.

Are you concerned that your dog or cat may be overweight?

Let our veterinarians near Colorado Springs help you guide your beloved animal friend back to an ideal weight with our quality and comprehensive veterinary care services. To schedule an appointment, call Centennial Animal Hospital today at 719-528-1693. 

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