No, not us Embracers! (although the doughnuts in our new office today aren't helping)
I'm talking about cat and dog obesity and all the health problems being overweight can bring.
Just an example of the issues from a search on the Embrace Pet Insurance website:
- diabetes mellitus - obesity is considered to be a primary risk factor for diabetes in cats
- skin fold dermatitis - in pets already predisposed to skin fold dermatitis, obesity will exacerbate the condition (such as brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds predisposed to facial folds (bulldogs, pugs, Shih-tzus, etc), “wrinkly” dogs like Shar-peis and bloodhounds, and dogs with corkscrew tails (English bulldogs)
- inguinal hernias - obesity is a predisposing factor as well
Is it possible that we are so used to seeing certain breeds a little bit plump, shall we say, that we don't know what a healthy weight looks like any more? What do you think?
These are all issues we'll be discussing this month. So grab your celery sticks and settle in for the month of August slender days...
August is Obesity Month at Embrace Pet Insurance
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Measuring my cats' body mass index - the FBMI
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