Obesity poses various health hazards in dogs and cats.

Animals obesity is the most common cause of malnutrition

Obese dogs and cats are more likely to develop glucose intolerance

Obesity is the most common cause of malnutrition in companion animals. Although incidence estimates vary depending on the population polled and the methodology utilized, it is widely accepted that 20% to 50% of dogs living in households are overweight or obese. Using the lowest value of 20%, the conversion of this amount to actual dog numbers is grim. At least 14 million of the 72 million dogs currently residing in homes in the United States are obese. Similarly, recent studies of house cats indicate that 25% to 50% of those visited by vets are overweight or obese.

This suggests that at least 21 million of the 82 million cats residing in American homes are obese. Middle-aged adults (5 to 8 years old) are more likely to be overweight than young adults or senior dogs.8 Dogs who are overweight as teens, like people, are more likely to gain excess weight as adults.9 Obesity in companion animals is thought to be on the rise since sedentary lifestyles have become the rule rather than the exception for many. Furthermore, providing highly delicious and energy-dense foods may exacerbate the energy imbalance that contributes to obesity.

Obesity is described as the excessive accumulation of fat in the body's adipose storage areas, which eventually leads to negative effects on health and death. Dogs and cats who weigh 10% to 20% more than their recommended body weight are considered overweight, while those who weigh more than 20% more are considered obese. This criteria is supported by research from human subjects showing health problems related with overweight begin to increase when weight is 15% or more above optimum. Obesity poses various health hazards in dogs and cats, just as it does in humans. In dogs and cats, obesity is linked to a number of metabolic abnormalities. Obese dogs and cats are more likely to develop glucose intolerance as well as aberrant baseline insulin and response curves.

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Changes in blood lipids

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Obesity in dogs is also connected with changes in blood lipids, such as elevated plasma cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Although these results may not always surpass the upper limit of the standard range for dogs, they may be linked to other obesity-related health issues. Obesity can lead to the development of pulmonary and cardiovascular illness in dogs. Excess weight strains the circulatory system by increasing the cardiac workload necessary to perfuse the increased tissue mass.

This increased activity may put additional stress on a heart that is already compromised by fatty infiltration. Changes in lung health cause difficulty breathing (airway dysfunction) both during and after exercise. There is also some evidence that overweight dogs are more likely to develop secondary hypertension, however this is debatable.

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Cancer kinds and their relationship to body condition

More prospective research involving bigger groups of animals are required to better understand this link and to ferret out potential distinctions between cancer kinds and their relationship to body condition. Finally, obese dogs and cats are difficult to completely examine during veterinary examinations due to the existence of fatty tissue layers and the difficulties in getting blood.

Diagnostic imaging, such as ultrasonography, is also limited in overweight animals.

Overweight animals, like people, are more vulnerable to surgical and anesthetic risks, as well as a higher frequency of morbidity and mortality after surgery. For example, the surgical time to conduct an ovariohysterectomy in overweight females is much longer than in slender dogs. It is undeniable that the multiple health hazards connected with overweight conditions in companion animals significantly influence a pet's quality of life and contribute to both morbidity and mortality.

Obesity is a complex issue that involves more than just energy balance. Various factors contribute to an animal's tendency to gain weight and maintain an obese bodily status. Obesity in dogs and cats can be caused by multiple variables at the same time. Obesity risk factors can be either endogenous or external. Endogenous variables include an animal's age, gender, reproductive status, hormonal disorders, hypothalamus lesions, and genetic predisposition (breeding). Exogenous elements such as social and environmental influences can impact pet food intake, diet composition, and palatability, as well as lifestyle.

As your dog gets older.