Obesity Complications

Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder in dogs and cats, with incidence rates ranging from 24 to 44 percent in dogs and 6 to 40 percent in cats. In dogs, risk factors include breed and possibly neutering; in cats, breed does not appear to be a risk factor, but neutered males may be at a higher risk.

Diseases associated with obesity include:



osteoarthritis hepatic lipidosis
respiratory disorders diabetes mellitus
cardiac diseases urinary tract disease
skin infections constipation / obstipation
fatty liver coat / skin problems
Inflammatory conditions pancreatitis

For most of these diseases, weight loss can contribute significantly to disease management such as alleviating abnormal stress on weight-bearing joints and the respiratory system. Also, weight loss can improve control of blood sugar in both dogs and cats and reverse insulin resistance in diabetics. Urinary tract disease in cats may be related to sedentary lifestyle.

Ask your veterinarian to evaluate your pet’s body condition score. If we determine that your pet is overweight or obese our staff will gladly offer suggestions and your veterinarian can individualize a weight loss program for your pet.