Obesity in Pets

Obesity in pets is a problem that is on the rise. It’s hard to resist those sweet eyes that beg for extra treats and human foods. But, it’s a problem that needs to be avoided. It can really hurt the health of your pet. CBS News published this article today regarding this issue.

Veterinary nurse Lindsay Atkinson struggles to hold Ruby, a Jack Russell terrier who needed to lose a third of her body weight. IAN MCCLELLAND

 

“Just like their human companions, excess weight can bring on a host of health problems for pets. Being overweight can increase risk of osteoarthritis, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, cranial cruciate or anterior knee ligament injury, kidney disease and some cancers. It can decrease an animal’s life expectancy by up to 2.5 years.”

Full story: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obesity-epidemic-affecting-pets/

Slide show of before and after over weight pet photos: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obesity-epidemic-affecting-pets/