Recent reports have shown that the number of dogs and cats suffering from obesity across the UK has risen substantially over the last five years and the main reason for this is high calorie diets and lack of exercise.
Vets have expressed their concerns over the increase in pets being diagnosed with diabetes, which is thought to be the result of obesity. In 2011, 309 dogs and cats were diagnosed with this serious health condition and in 2015, this number rose to a whopping 2,877. This increase has been linked to the fact that pet-owners not only overfeed their furry friends, but feed them the wrong kind of foods.
The Consequences of Obesity to Animals
Much akin to humans, as well as a diminished quality of life, obese pets can suffer from many other serious health complaints such as arthritis, kidney and heart disease, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer. It is very important then, that people make sure that their pets are not overweight.