Veterinarian nutritional guidance integral to pet health
January 8, 2020While discussions related to nutrition might sometimes take the back seat during wellness checks, veterinarians should play a proactive role in their patients’ diets, as many owners are blind to their pet’s potential weight problem.
A systematic approach to designing weight loss plans for cats and dogs
August 2, 2019Obesity is defined as excess body weight that may contribute to impaired health and body function. Survey data suggest more than half of the cats and dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, making obesity the most common nutritional disease in companion animals.
Cats’ weight on the rise
July 19, 2019Cats are, indeed, getting chunkier. This is according to a new study out of the University of Guelph’s (U of G’s) Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in Canada, which analyzed the data of more than 19 million cats in North America to demonstrate the typical weight gain and loss of the animals over their lifetimes.
Obesity: A threat that can be prevented easily
May 7, 2019It would be interesting to see what a survey of equine horse owners and caregivers might think is the biggest threat to equine health. Colic might be high on the list, so would respiratory disease and arthritis. However, perhaps overlooked—at least in horse owner circles—is a very important and sometimes-even-thought-to-be desirable condition: obesity. Over the years, numerous studies on obesity in horses have been conducted in the U.S. and elsewhere. The problem, like the …