You often see, or might even have, chubby pets, and you think they just look adorable. It’s true, chubby pets do look adorable but they do not really adore looking adorable... Obesity in animals is potentially related to serious medical conditions and often brings to your pet unnecessary suffering. So, what are the consequences of pet obesity and how can you avoid it? 

Pet obesity, as in human beings, is when pets are above their average or recommend weight, which is mostly due to the unbalance between energy intake and energy usage. This leads to the accumulation of fat below the skin surface and around organs preventing them to function normally. The most common consequence of obesity is diabetes mellitus, that’s right pets get diabetes too, and if that is overlooked it may damage their pancreas and lead to blindness. If you notice that your pet drinks more water than usual, has a sweet breath, and is often tired and incapable then you would want to pay the vet a visit. Diabetes mellitus can often be prevented if the pet is not fed high-fat foods or foods with sugar, and their weight is monitored effectively.

Problems in joints follow as the animal gets fatter and fatter, again same with humans. When the weight of the animal increases their joints are meant to hold them up to a certain load after which it will no longer be able to operate properly. The damage of joints and muscles causes great pain to pets and makes them weaker. This can be avoided by regular exercise to avoid obesity and strengthen their muscles and joints, and a healthy diet is always beneficial.

Another suffering resulted from obesity that a pet does not have to go through is respiratory distress. Not only will it feel pain in its joints upon doing light or short-distance exercise but throughout that whole time it will be having difficulties in breathing. This adds up to many things of course including decreased stamina and heart problems.

Heart problems are also related to the blood and blood pressure, which increase the risk of getting a stroke or a heart attack. But then again, one thing leads to the other where high blood pressure, as well as diabetes millets, has a negative effect on kidneys. It is like a domino effect!

The list of complications of obesity in pets can go on forever, therefore it is advised that each pet owner conducts a thorough research on all issues related to their pets, as well as attends seminars on pet nurturing, before adopting one and makes sure their pet gets a regular check on all heath matters. This unnecessary sorrow can be prevented easily and all it needs is some awareness and some sense of responsibility. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and a regular visit to the vet are all takes to keep your pet healthy and in shape.

This is an article written by Elizabeth Baker, who writes for Nutrecare.com, an online pet services company.