Jane Animal Hospital in Toronto is one of the top veterinarians in our region. We offer treatment for a wide variety of different veterinary conditions, including pet obesity. Many dogs and cats suffer from obesity which can cause serious health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Read on to learn more about the causes of pet obesity and how we can treat this serious condition.
What causes pet obesity or pets to become overweight?
The causes of pet obesity are similar to the causes of obesity in humans. We often see obese pets who have gained a great deal of weight due to their owners feeding them too many table scraps. Even pets who don't get treats can become obese if they are allowed to eat too much of their pet food. Dogs and cats may simply eat everything put in front of them, so owners have to give out their food in moderation. Pets may also gain weight due to a lack of exercise. A few pets may also have health conditions that cause them to gain weight.
How is pet obesity treated?
First, we will examine your pet to make sure they do not have a serious health condition causing their obesity. We will then specify a healthy brand of pet food for your dog or cat. Next, we will help you come up with an exercise plan to ensure your pet burns off the excess weight. It will take time for your pet to lose weight, but following the treatment plan we create will be effective. Most of all, it will be safe and supported by our team of licensed veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians.