Obesity is considered the epidemic of the 21st century in people, and our pets are no different. Obesity is not just a cosmetic problem, it is actually one of the most important indicators of long term health.
Key Points & Findings:
We now know that fat is an endocrine organ, that is, it produces hormones that affect many aspects of metabolism and inflammation.
Small amounts of normal fat improve blood sugar balance and insulin sensitivity.
Excess amounts of fat increase blood sugar and insulin resistance which induces more fat production.
In pets, obesity has been linked to arthritis, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, heart and lung disease, urinary disorders, reproductive disorders, cancer (mammary tumors, transitional cell carcinoma), skin diseases, and anesthetic complications.
In people, it is known that high carbohydrate diets change the gut bacterial populations to encourage the growth of bacteria that seem to increase the risk of obesity.
Dogs and cats have no nutritional need for carbohydrates, yet many dry foods contain 50% or more of their calories as carbohydrate.
Let us help your pets regain their healthy weight through diet, exercise and stress reduction. Using a holistic approach, we will assess your pet’s hormonal balance, nutritional status and lifestyle to find the right solution for you and your pet to achieve his or her optimal health.