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
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Impaired immune function
  • Digestive disorders
  • Pancreatitis
  • 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.