Pet Obesity and Its Challenges
Pet obesity is something I know a few things about. Am I proud that I know much about the causes, effects, and challenges that come with having an obese pet?
No. And yes.
No, because to that means I once had an obese pet.
Yes, because I did something about it and my dog is healthier for of it.
According to The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention
“Obesity continues to be the greatest health threat to dogs and cats.” states APOP Founder, veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward. In the October 2016 clinical survey, 53.9% of dogs and 58.9% of cats were classified as overweight (body condition score (BCS) 4) or obese (BCS 5) by their veterinary healthcare professional. That equals an estimated 41.9 million dogs and 50.5 million cats are too heavy, based on 2016 pet population projections provided by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). In 2015, APOP found 53.8% of dogs and 58.2% were overweight or obese.
What I am hoping to achieve by continuing to share my (dog’s) story and the challenges I faced living with an overweight dog?
My hope is to offer encouragement and support to other pet owners who are facing the same challenges I did. Maybe even answer some of the same questions I had.
- Some may say, “Just don’t feed your pet so much” – Honestly, if it were only that easy!
- There is NO quick fix
- It WILL take time
- You and your pet WILL face challenges along the way
- You WILL need support and guidance along what will definitely be a journey
- The journey does NOT end once the weight is off!
- The benefits WILL outweigh (sorry for the pun) the challenges
You can read my previous posts, documenting my (dog’s) journey that took two years. The first step of that journey came from me (the owner) finally facing the fact my dog was obese. Along the way I learned who could help and assist me with the challenges we met along the way, especially on days I felt overwhelmed with a constantly demanding and begging dog.
Over the next several weeks I will be covering the following topics:
- How does obesity in a pet happen?
- How to identify an obese/overweight pet
- Where to begin/who can help?
- What steps to take
- The challenges faced by pet owners (the challenges faced by vets)
- The side effects facing your pet
- The benefits of weight loss in obese pets
If you would like to share your story/challenges/success of having an overweight dog or pet, we want to hear from you!
Please connect with me at: firstname.lastname@example.org