Owners often say they don’t care if their pet is ‘fat] – there’s just more of them to love!
It’s my job to then let them know there’s less time to provide that love.
A landmark lifespan study showed Labradors who were 10-20 percent overweight – not even obese, which is typically defined as greater than 20 percent – lived a median 1.8 years shorter than their trim ideal weight counterparts.
Another study shows that obesity indeed has emotional consequences for pets.
Overweight pets have worse scores in vitality – quality of life – pain and emotional disturbance.
However the good news is those values can improve with weight loss.