Obesity is a massive global problem. According to the World Health Organisation 39% of all adults are overweight and 13% are obese. And it’s not only a problem for people – it seems the four-legged members of the family are affected too. South African vets say more than half the patients they treat are overweight. The fact is..obesity is the one health problem faced by pets today.
“The cause is basically too much energy in, too little energy out,” says Dr Guy Fyvie, veterinary advisor for Hill’s Pet Nutrition South Africa. “Pets are being overfed and under-exercised.”
The US Association for Pet Obesity Prevention cites a ‘fat gap’ as a key factor in the obesity epidemic – most pet parents don’t believe their pet is overweight or understand the serious health problems that can create. Research clearly demonstrates that overweight pets have shorter lives and are at higher risk of:
If you think fat pets are happier, think again – overweight pets have been shown to be less happy.
Rather than putting your pet at risk of obesity-related diseases get a professional objective opinion.
Find a participating Pet Slimmer practice book a weight assessment (which are often offered free of charge - check with your practice).