Pet Obesity

According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) up to 59% of dogs and cats are overweight, making this the most common nutritional disorder identified in veterinary practice. Excess weight can reduce longevity and adversely affect quality of life. The hormones and inflammatory cytokines released by excess adipose tissue lead to a state of chronic inflammation, the impact of which is not completely understood at this time. Excess weight is associated with skin and respiratory disorders, renal dysfunction, and it increases the risk of metabolic and endocrine disorders, orthopedic disease, and some types of cancer. If you think your dog or cat is overweight for their breed and age, Zoot doctors are happy to discuss weight management plans tailored for your pet.