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.