Warning signs of pet obesity and how to prevent it

Youngstown, Ohio (WKBN) – A recent study by “One Vet” revealed that Pennsylvania has the fattest dogs out of 42 states, with an average of 18 pounds overweight. Ohio dropped in the middle of the pack with the pets about 10 pounds overweight. We’ve taken a closer look at what can cause pet obesity and ways to prevent it.

“Sixty percent of our pets are easily overweight and a large portion are obese and obese,” said Dr. Donald Allen, a veterinarian.

Dr. Allen has been practicing animals for 42 years and said he sees fat dogs and cats frequently.

“The weight is heavy on the heart. The heart has to pump blood through all that tissue and fat. It’s hard on their backs. We’ve seen a lot of dogs who have blew a disc in their backs,” he said.

A good test to use to determine if your pet is at a healthy weight is whether you can feel the ribs but not see them. If it is difficult to feel the ribs under a thick, fat covering, this is a sign that your pet may be obese.

Dr. Allen says it’s important to measure and monitor the actual amount of food you give your pet.

“If you are feeding your dog a cup and a half twice a day and it is heavy, cut it into a cup and a quarter twice a day and add the vegetables,” he said.

Recommended serving sizes cannot always be trusted.

“You rarely have to feed what is written on the bag because they want to sell the food and this would be for a very active, very active dog or cat,” said Dr. Allen.

Although it can be difficult not to feed furry table scraps, try your best to avoid it. Instead, Dr. Allen recommends serving fruits and vegetables as dessert.

He also says if you have an overweight pet, it’s a good idea to bring them to the vet for a blood test to check their liver, kidney and sugar levels.

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