Just as with our own health, pet parents are becoming more aware of the importance of finding and maintaining our pet's ideal weight. The result of maintaining your pet's ideal weight contributes to a longer, healthier and happier life. In many cases, pets can live 2 years longer if that ideal is maintained. While it may be a little more work for the pet parent, it is definitely a rewarding goal. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight lowers their risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory and kidney diseases and even some forms of cancer. It contributes to reducing the risks of injury to their bones, joints, and muscles that are associated with excess weight. Keeping your pet trim gives them the best chance of a longer, healthier and pain-free life.
Your pet's healthy weight is more than a number. It's also about healthy body composition. Your veterinarian can assess your pet's weight and overall health and can teach you how to assess and monitor both between vet visits.