Mendocino Animal HOspital
By: Nick Channell
Current statistics indicate that approximately 1 out of every 3 canine and feline pets are obese. Not just overweight, but obese. Patients like Odie prove that it is possible to beat obesity with a little bit of effort and a plan.
The thought used to be that obesity would shorten our pet’s lifespan by about 6-12 months. However, a lifetime study of Labrador Retrievers found that just being overweight (not even obese) shortened a dog’s lifespan by up to two years! In addition, research has shown that obese dogs and cats are at increased risk for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis and bladder stones. Not only are these conditions debilitating for your pet and their quality of life, but they are also very costly to manage.
Although I have not been consistent with Macy’s daily exercise, I have been diligent in her nutrition and have been relatively successful in keeping her weight stable by following her veterinarians feeding plan. We won’t discuss that time period where she snuck extra snacks out of the hand of my children until they learned to defend themselves.
I recently had Macy undergo an examination, bloodwork and a dental cleaning with Dr. Charlotte Burns. With a clean bill of health, it was time to start including Macy in the daily exercise routine. The hardest day by far was the first, but it is a small price to pay to enjoy more good years together.
What are your pet fitness plans for 2019?