Obesity is defined by an excess of body fat. Pets that are over fed, lack the ability to exercise, or that have a tendency to retain weight are the most at risk for becoming obese. Obesity can cause serious health problems such as shorter lifespan, even with only moderate cases of weight gain. Areas of the body that are affected by excess body fat include the bones and joints, the digestive organs, and the lungs.
Obesity is common in pets of all ages, but it usually occurs during middle-age. Neutered and indoor pets may be more likely of becoming obese.
Is my pet overweight? Answer these questions:
Have difficulty standing up?
Tires out after short periods of play?
Have labored breathing?
Is the mid section rounded with loose layers of fat and with little definition at the waist?
Primary Risks of Excess Weight in Pets- source: Association for pet obesity
Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
Heart and Respiratory Disease
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury
Many Forms of Cancer
Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)