What kinds of health problems can obesity cause?
One of the most common problems we see in obese cats is diabetes. You can also see problems like constipation, problems with the liver. And if they do get arthritis as they get older it can certainly worsen it. We also see skin problems because they can’t groom properly – and that can get pretty bad. They can actually get skin infections because they can’t keep themselves clean, especially at their rear ends. And in dogs we see a lot of problems with the joints, like arthritis. Any joint problem they have is going to be greatly exacerbated. We can see torn cruciate ligaments in the knees of overweight dogs. It’s the same ligaments that you’re always hearing about with football players; they call it an ACL. Dogs can also have trouble breathing because they just can’t ventilate normally. It puts a lot of stress on their cardiovascular system. We can also pancreatitis, an inflamed pancreas, [which is] more common in obese dogs. Does obesity definitely shorten a pet’s life? Absolutely. Do