Pet obesity will put a dent in your wallet, and even worse, possibly your pet’s life. Overweight pets are at risk for a lot more health issues then slim ones, and treating those issues at the vet will cost you some big bucks. The good news is that both your budget and dog’s health are more likely to stay intact if you follow one simple rule: Feed your pet good food. Weight loss or management will follow.
Pet Product News recently ran the article “ Petplan Reveals the Greatest Health Threat to Pets in 2017,” where the pet insurance company lists some of the ways obesity affects your dog or cat.
According to Newtown Square, Pa.-based Petplan, its most frequently claimed conditions all have one thing in common: obesity.
“It’s no surprise that the biggest health threat to pets in 2017 is obesity,” said Dr. Ernie Ward, Petplan veterinary advisory board member and founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.
No surprise? No joke -- it’s the food. Most commercial dog foods are overloaded with carbs, usually three to four times the amount dogs eat ancestrally, and indigestible byproducts used to bulk up kibble on the cheap. Even grain-free foods may be packed with potatoes! Since commercial food has so little real food in it, dogs have to eat twice as much to feel full, and in the process, are getting twice as many calories.
The article explains then some of Petplan’s most commonly claimed issues, all caused by what your dog is eating and how much:
Tummy troubles: Overeating can easily lead to vomiting and diarrhea, Petplan’s No. 1 claimed conditions year after year; in fact, Petplan sees an average of 900 claims every month just for stomach issues. The cost for relief averages at $850.
Or, we at Healthy Dogma advise you switch your dog to a healthy food that fills him up, nourishes his body, and is easy on his system. You can also use probiotics, which balance the digestive system ( only $14.95 for a two-month supply).
The Big C: There have been some indications that certain types of cancer are more common in overweight or obese pets, and that can put a bump in pet parents’ budgets—the average vet bill for cancer is $2,033.
Instead, change the food, and then consider the most popular new cancer treatment available – one that has also been proven for hundreds of years and seen thousands of success stories: immunotherapy.
Immunotherapy works by bolstering the immune system to target and kill diseased cells. A Dog Immunotherapy Pack is $49.95 for a 30-day supply. The powerful combination of medicinal mushrooms plus colostrum has given pets a better quality of life at minimum and years past diagnosis for many others.
A gimpy gait: Lameness, or general limping, is often caused by arthritis—and extra pounds mean extra stress on pets’ joints (and wallets—the average cost to treat lameness is $966).
Good food will help dogs lose weight with little effort – no diet dog food necessary. Pet owners report that after switching to a high protein, no filler food, pounds melt off their dogs, and their dogs have more energy. To treat joint issues at a much lower cost and extremely effectively, try K9 Mobility, a product with eight powerful natural ingredients that help joint health. For $24.95, you can get 6 ounces of powder to sprinkle over food.
On the go: Several things can cause a urinary tract infection in pets, but obese animals may be more at risk because they can’t clean those hard-to-reach places. The average cost to treat UTIs? $590!
You get the idea: Good food first. And adding fruit to your pet’s bowl will help in the immediate while your pet loses weight. Cranberries, oranges, and pineapple are tasty and effective, and only cost a few dollars.
Petplan also warns of several other issues including cardiac health and intervertebral disc disease for daschunds and bassets, and goes on to state “unlike many of these conditions, pet obesity is 100 percent preventable and curable.”
“In addition to daily exercise, swap fatty treats for lower-calorie options, or better yet opt for praise and playtime instead of snacks,” said Dr. Ward. “And know your pet’s calorie count—ask your vet how many calories your pet needs each day, and stick to that number.”
Just like human food, there are good calories and garbage calories in pet food. Ingredients like real chicken, apples, and blueberries power your dog. Brewer’s rice (not true rice at all) and corn meal have no nutritional value and will only make your dog fat. When feeding healthy food and treats, calories become a nonissue.
So there you have it. To avoid unnecessary expenses and harm to your pet’s health, feed him healthy food. If troubles do come up, use effective products designed to treat the issue, not mask the symptoms. In many cases, expensive surgeries and costly junk prescription diets will be avoided entirely. Your happy (healthy weight) dog will thank you.