A recent research study conducted amongst UK veterinarians, by the UK's Sainsbury's Finance, has discovered that nearly 4 in 10 pets that are seen by veterinarians, are obese.
The Sainsbury's Finance study revealed that almost 1 in 10 (9.4 %) of dogs and cats were severely overweight. Furthermore, almost 3 in 10 (29.8 %) of dogs and cats are heavier than what is recommended by the UK's veterinarians.
Sainsbury's Finance believes that the results of their study should be a great cause for concern amongst pet owners and veterinarians alike. This is due to the fact that obesity is the major underlying cause of a multitude of serious and life-threatening ailments because it places such a great strain on the pet's heart.
Sainsbury's Finance, the Head Company of Sainsbury's Pet Insurance, believes that the figures it discovered may suggest that roughly 1 in 7 pet insurance claims could very well be attributed to illnesses and conditions that could result from a dog or cat simply being too overweight. Such health conditions include pet diabetes, heart disease, as well as bone and ligament problems.
UK Pet Weight Issues
Sainsbury's Finance's research also discovered that approximately 13% of dogs and cats who are seen by their veterinarians are in actually underweight. This too, states Sainsbury's Finance, can gravely compromise a pet's long-term health as well as its quality of life.
Spokeswoman for Sainsbury's Pet Insurance, Lucy Hunter, states the following:
"The saddest thing about this research is the fact that the pets are not to blame. As is the case with humans, a lack of exercise and a poor diet, or overeating, is causing our pets' weight to balloon. Unfortunately a lot of animals will eat everything that is put in front of them so the onus is on the owner to monitor and restrict the amount of food that their pet is consuming. Owners that do not look after their pets through poor diets and a lack of exercise increase the chances of their animals suffering serious health problems, which can run into thousands of pounds in veterinary bills."
USA Pet Weight Issues
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 45% of dogs in the USA are considered to be overweight or obese; whilst an estimated 58% of cats in the USA are overweight or obese. With a population of 77.5 million dogs in the USA and 93.6 million cats, these figures equal out to be that 35 million US dogs are estimated to be overweight or obese and 54 million US cats are estimated to be overweight or obese as well.
Pet Obesity Treatment Options
There are two main areas that can be controlled in order to help your cat or dog lose weight (or gain a few pounds if your pet is underweight). The first of these two is making sure that your pet gets plenty of healthy exercise; and the second is insuring your pet has a proper diet.
Buy your cat a laser toy and let her chase it around the room. Crumple a piece of paper up into a tight ball with a few pieces of rice inside and roll it around on the floor for your cat to chase.
Dogs should be walked at least once a day. Play games with your dog such as fetching a stick or a ball. During the hot summer months take your dog to a local pond, stream or lake and allow him to swim a bit.
Choosing the right type of food is also important in helping your pet lose weight. A great pet food to try for cats is Prowl Cat Food, which is a dehydrated raw food; for dogs try Embark Dog Food, which is also a dehydrated raw pet food.
Both of these pet foods are created with all-natural fresh ingredients.
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