Welcome back to week two of pet obesity awareness month. Obesity in animals is a growing problem, and not always obvious to those who love them. The caring staff at Liberty Veterinary Hospital want to make sure you know what to look for. Here are some signs to determine if your pet is overweight:
- Inability to feel your pet’s ribs
- Unable to see your pet’s waist
- Tiredness and lethargy
- Shortness of breath
But if you’re still not sure, the staff at LVH are here to help. Regular 6 month exams can help owners stay informed about their pet’s weight as well as how their body is doing overall. You can also get tips on how to improve the quality of life of your pet. If weight is an issue, the veterinarians at Liberty Vet can advise on a diet and exercise program that suits your pet.
But don’t take my word for it, www.libertyvet.net can show you all the services LVH has to offer. It has other great information too. Be sure to come back next week when I’ll be discussing the health issues that go along with obesity, as well as the main causes of being overweight for pets.
In the mean time, take a look at the body condition scorecard below. 3 is ideal. Where would you rate your pet?