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Obesity in Cats and Dogs
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Preventing Obesity in Your Dog or Cat

Obesity in dogs and cats is a growing epidemic in Ireland with 3 in 5 dogs, and up to 40% of cats now overweight. 

Classified as a disease, obesity can lead to further health complications and will reduce your pet's life expectancy.

If your pet becomes obese, long-term veterinary care and supervision will be needed to reduce weight and to manage ancillary illnesses. 

Here at Petmania we are committed to helping you to manage your pet's diet throughout his life-stages, and to working with you to help keep your dog or cat fit and healthy throughout his life.

Possible Health Complications

Dogs and cats that develop obesity are at greater risk of developing:

  • Arthritis

  • Ligament rupture

  • Cardio-respiratory problems

  • Skin conditions

  • Diabetes

  • Hepatic lipidosis

Preventing Obesity

Preventing your pet from becoming over-weight and developing obesity requires continual management of their diet and exercise regime

Energy Consumed Vs. Energy Used

Weight gain is typically a result of consuming too much food (energy) compared to the actual energy requirements of your pet.

Throughout the life of your pet, different factors such as their age and activity will result in fluctuations in their energy needs, so regular review of your pet's diet is recommended to ensure that you are keeping the balance right.

Treats as Treats

Choosing lower calorie options for treats, and limiting them to occasional feeding will help prevent your pet from over-eating.

Food Nutrition vs. Food Volume

Regardless of your pet's breed, in choosing a diet which is right for their life-stage, consideration should be given not just to the volume of food being fed, but also the composition of the food itself. In some instances, in a slight change from an adult to a light-weight complete food can give your pet a feeling of fullness, without overloading on calories. There are many different types of diets available, and your Petmania Pet Care Adviser can help you choose the most appropriate diet for your pet's individual needs.


Encouraging your pet to take regular exercise through interactive play, outdoor activities or even things as simple as where you place their food bowls, can help ensure your pet is getting enough exercise. Complete an in-store weight check with your cat or dog and pick up a copy of our guide to preventing obesity which includes hints and tips on how to get your pet moving more.

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