Pet diseases from obesity are similar to human diseases. They can get diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, and kidney disease.
If a pet is 20% over ideal body weight, they are considered obese. This ideal weight varies by animal, age, body type and metabolism. Talk to your veterinarian about how much your pet should be eating.
Here are some signs of obesity to look for:
- Look at your pet from the top. If the back is broad and flat like a footstool, it is overweight.
- Can you feel your pet’s ribs?
- Is your pet’s stomach sagging or tucked in?
Learn more at www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm543882.htm