Canine and feline obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America. A survey conducted in 2010 estimated that 54% of all dogs and cats in U.S. households were either overweight or obese. The health risks associated with excess weight are alarming and can include osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, ligament injuries, kidney disease, cancer, and decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years).
Senior pets are particularly susceptible to excessive weight gain due to the natural slowing of their metabolism. Obesity can also worsen already painful conditions, such as arthritis and degenerative joint conditions, causing a vicious cycle of inactivity due to pain, which leads to more weight gain.
Proper nutrition and regular exercise are the keys to maintaining a healthy weight for your pet. At Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, our approach begins with a thorough evaluation of your pet's overall physical condition. An individualized therapy program can then be developed based on each patient's needs. Additionally, home exercise programs can be developed to help patient progress between visits.