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How Obesity Affects Your Pet's Lungs

As awareness of the pet obesity epidemic increases, more pet owners are familiar with disease conditions associated with the condition. Owners today more quickly understand the increased risk of diabetes, arthritis, and cancer posed by excess fat. Less known are the effects of excess fat on lung function. Credit: Getty Creative Research in humans has described lung changes and decreased lung function in obese patients. Similar research in pets has only recently begun. Although the research has not been able to explain the exact changes that impact lung function in animals, weight loss seems to have the same positive effect found in human patients. A recent study in the Journal of...

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has recently released new weight management guidelines for dogs and cats. It is written with an audience of veterinarians in mind, but is also valuable reading for owners, particularly if you are finding it difficult to help your dog or cat get down to a healthy weight or can't understand why your veterinarian keeps harping on the topic. Credit: Thinkstock The document starts by discussing the severity of the problem... Up to 59% of dogs and cats are overweight, making this the most common nutritional disorder identified in veterinary practice. Excess weight can reduce longevity and adversely affect quality of life. The hormones and...

Buddha, the cat who gained attention for his 31-pound girth and his attempt to lose weight, died Thursday in Franklin, Tenn. He was 6. The cause was congestive heart failure. Although Buddha had been making progress with weight loss, he was recently diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, bringing a halt to his exercise routine. Buddha first gained widespread attention in August of this year. After his owner died, the cat fell into the care of an animal shelter in Nashville, Tenn. At the time, Buddha weighed 31.4 pounds. Penny Adams, a volunteer at the shelter, took on the task of helping Buddha lose weight. "I was concerned that either he would be put down because of his age and...