Banfield Pet Hospital – Risks and Signs of Obesity in Dogs and Cats

Banfield Pet Hospital – Risks and Signs of Obesity in Dogs and Cats


[Music]>>NARRATOR: Pet obesity.>>DR.ORTIZ: Hi, I’m Dr. Ortiz, a veterinarian
at Banfield Pet Hospital. As your partner in pet care, it’s our goal
to help you keep your pet healthy and happy. Today we’re going to share some information
with you about pet obesity.>>NARRATOR: If your dog or cat is seriously
overweight, they may be sick more often and have a shorter life span compared to a lean
or average weight pet. Even breathing and walking can be difficult
for pets that are significantly overweight, especially short-nosed breeds like bulldogs
and pugs. why the shortened life span? Excess pounds can strain vital internal organs
such as the lungs, heart and liver, causing intestinal upset, lowered disease resistance
and skin issues. More serious conditions can also develop, like heat exhaustion, arthritis, diabetes,
skin fold infections, anal sac impactions, heart disease and liver failure. Even surgery or anesthesia can pose additional
risks to an obese pet. How can you tell if your pet is obese? Although things like breed characteristics,
temperament and hormone imbalances can impact weight, your pet is considered obese when its body
weight is greater than 15% of their ideal weight. A good rule of thumb is that you should be
able to feel the ribs with only a small amount of tissue under the skin. Any more than a thin layer is a sign that
your pet is carrying too much weight.>>DR. ORTIZ: Your Banfield veterinarian will
officially diagnose if your pet is obese. And if your pet is overweight or obese, you
can work together to create an effective weight-loss plan. Your doctor will examine your pet to determine
if the excess weight is affecting any other areas of the body, and if they need medical
attention.>>NARRATOR: Thanks for listening. Remember,
you know your pet best. And we know how to help you keep them healthy.

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