Every January feels the same – a spark of excitement for the New Year and what that may bring. However, along with it, for many of us, this clean slate can begin by carrying a little extra weight. The accompanying guilt from last year’s indulgence doesn’t help. Unfortunately, this is often the case with our pets too – minus the guilt – they just know the treats tasted good! 🙂

So ok, give yourself the gift of acceptance. You are no less lovable a few pounds heavier. In fact, one might argue there is more of you to love. In all seriousness, we know that being overweight has significant health downsides and the same is true for our pets.

Just like people, overweight pets can face a litany of health issues, so a diet may save your pet’s life. The potentially devastating consequences of obesity include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Greater risk for heat stroke
  • Pancreatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Orthopedic concerns
  • Compromised immune system
  • Reduction in life span
  • Mammary tumors (particularly in un-spayed females)
  • Skin conditions
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure