With the improvement of people's living standards, the size of pets is also more and more "improved".
Potential Side Effects of Obesity: Mobility Impairment - Increased Joint Disease, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Respiratory Disease - Impaired Lung Compliance, Pickwick Syndrome, Cardiovascular Disease - Systemic Hypertension, Inactivity
Obesity is a disease. Parents, please don’t ignore it. The pet owners we meet clinically always refuse to lose weight for dogs and cats because dogs love to eat.
Obesity occurs when daily energy intake is consistently higher than consumption, and there are many environmental and social factors that can contribute to obesity, including indoor rearing, reduced physical activity, and excessive feeding by the owner.
Owner obesity is another risk factor for obesity in dogs and cats.
There are genetic differences between animals, for example, some animals need only a lower energy supply and consume less energy per day to maintain an ideal body weight.
Obesity is rarely caused by disease or drugs, to be precise, less than 5% of obesity cases are induced by disease or drugs.
Once a dog or cat is identified as being overweight or obese, a complete dietary record must be provided so that physicians and dietitians can calculate the animal's daily energy intake.
· Name of food currently in use, manufacturer, type (i.e. canned or dry)
· Amount of food fed per day (canned or cupped [250gJ food)
· Feeding method (ad libitum or divided meals)
· The person responsible for feeding
· Others who may feed animals (especially small children, elderly parents or friendly neighbors)
· The type and number of snacks per day, and what people eat
· Possibility to obtain food from other animals
Refer to the table below to determine the degree of obesity in dogs and cats:
Thin CBCS 1/5) Underweight, no visible body fat
Lean CBCS 2/ 5) bone structure visible, with a small amount of fat
Ideal CBCS 3/5) palpable but invisible costal arch with moderate fat
Overweight C BCS 4/5) costal arch barely palpable, overweight
Obese CBCS 5/5) Unpalpable costal arch, high body fat, impaired body condition due to excess body fat