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Obesity is the number one nutritional disease affecting pets today. Its relation to arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and decreased life span make it a serious medical condition. Breed is a known risk factor in dogs and official breed descriptions may promote this obesity risk factor. Credit: Getty Creative Risk Factors for Obesity in Dogs Aging and sexual neutering have long been known to increase the risk of obesity in pets. Activity levels decrease as pets age. Arthritic changes associated with aging further decrease activity. Decreased activity levels reduce dietary calorie requirements. Without adjustments in meal portions, older animals easily put on extra fat. Sexual...

I didn't make it to the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Symposium this year, but I recently reviewed some of the research that was presented there. I want to share the results of one study that looked at the differences in body composition between indoor, neutered cats, and outdoor, intact cats. The researchers used something called dual energy X-ray absorptiometry to determine the percentage of the cats' bodies that were composed of fatty tissue versus lean tissue. The 16 indoor, neutered cats were typical pets with owners while the 21 outdoor, intact cats came from a trap-neuter-release program. All cats were between 1 and 6 years of age. RELATED: Top Ten Ways to Help Your Cat...

By Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Do you own a portly pooch or a corpulent kitty? Unfortunately, the answer in the United States is all too likely to be yes. Nearly one in every four dogs and cats in the United States is overweight or obese, according to recent numbers tallied by the Banfield Pet Hospital. The problem is so pervasive that the Association for Pet Obesity has declared today (Oct. 9) National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. Banfield collects nationwide data on pet health through its 800 animal hospitals...

Top 3 Ways to Protect Your Pet's Ticker

By Justine Lee, DVM 1. Watch your pet's weight. As with humans, extra pounds can put extra strain on his heart. If your pet is overweight, your vet may recommend that you cut 25% of your animal's daily caloric intake. It's important to keep your pal active as well. Even animals with heart murmurs or other preexisting…

Overweight Pets: Addressing the Epidemic

Though you may think nothing of your pet’s extra pound(s), more than half of the dogs and cats in the United States are overweight — an issue that has only gotten worse over the years. Obesity in animals can cause a variety of health-related problems and may even shorten the lifespan of your beloved pet. Fortunately,…