Veterinary clinics are seeing an epidemic of obese pets...

as with humans this can lead to a number of medical conditions including diabetes, joint problems and pain and an overall shortened life expectancy.
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention published results showing that over 50 % of cats and dogs in the US are overweight or obese that is almost 93 million dogs and cats at risk of developing weight related illnesses including

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart and Respiratory Disease
  • Fatty liver Disease
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Kidney Disease
  • Many Forms of Cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy

American citizens are a nation of pet lovers and are spending billions on all kinds of  luxury items and treats for their household pets. As a result pampered pets are increasingly becoming Obese Pets, FAT and unhealthy!


Private Pet chefs are even offering gourmet chef prepared menus worthy of a Michelin with mouthwatering dishes including:

  • Chicken breast with green beans, carrots, pumpkin, cauliflower, basil, parsley, mint, apple, orange, canola oil, chicken hearts & liver
  • Veal with sweet potato, leek, carrots, spinach, parsley, pear, pumpkin seeds oil and veal liver
  • Wild salmon and halibut with spinach, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potato, basil, rosemary, mint, seaweed (wakame), lemon & orange
  • Buffalo with pumpkin, asparagus, green pepper, cucumber, chives, parsley, cottage cheese, apple, fig, blueberries, seaweed (kelp), walnut oil and buffalo liver

Treating your pet may be hard to resist but restricting your pets diet to a healthy calorific intake is essential to keep them fit and healthy and living a longer life.

Five Signs your pet is obese:

  • You can no longer feel your pet’s ribs – if you cannot feel your pet ribs easily your pet is overweight
  • Your pet is not interested in exercise or struggles to keep up with you when out for walks
  • Your pet is more heat intolerant in the summer than they used to be or than other animals
  • Your Vet has said your pet is a high risk for surgery
  • Your pet is always hungry and searching for food or treats

What to do if your pet is obese

  • Visit your veterinarian to check your pets weight and get advice on what is the ideal weight for their size and breed
  • Ask your Vet for a diet plan and start immediately
  • Start an exercise routine with your pet
  • Stop feeding it treats! Give it toys instead!

The Association for Pet Obesity website has lots of information and photos of how to tell if your pet is obese and also what to do about it also there are a number of pet fit plans across the US aimed at getting overweight pets back in shape. Alison Sweeny the “biggest loser” also had an obese pet – she shares her story of visiting her Vet and finding out her dog Winky was overweight.