When the weather outside is cold, and we’re staying inside to keep warm, it can be easy for not only us but our pets to put on a little pudge. Fewer walks and more time spent lounging in front of the heater in winter can leave our furry friends a little more rotund than they should be.
Just like humans, if your pet overeats or consumes low-quality food, they are at high risk of weight gain. Although inactivity and overeating are common, if your pet has gained some weight, then it’s time to pay a visit to your vet. You want to ensure they don’t have any underlying health concerns.
Pet obesity can result in health complications, including:
- Breathing difficulties
- Heat stress and exercise intolerance
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes or insulin resistance
- Liver disease
- Impaired immune function
- Digestive disorders
- Skin conditions
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Increased risk of developing cancer
- A shortened lifespan
If you have any concerns about your pet’s weight or want to find out how to help them battle the bulge, please book a visit with your vet.