Monday, August 20, 2007
Isn't it sad that our affluent lifestyle has also affected our pets? The cats and dogs that my family had when I was growing up were never fat. They ate leftover food and if they don't like it, too bad for them!
According to this news story, half the cats and dogs in the UK are overweight. The health problems affecting obese pets are similar to humans. "Whether your pet is obese or slightly overweight - it matters. A weight problem can affect a pet's quality of life and lead to straining of the joints, causing arthritis, as well as internal illnesses like diabetes, liver disease and heart disease," said Joe Iglis, a TV vet.
The first time I heard of an animal suffering from arthritis and diabetes was when I first visited England in the late 80s. I couldn't believe that animals had that kind of diseases! I guess because we never brought our pets to the vet, we never knew what exactly caused their death.
There is even a website in the UK called petsgetslim.co.uk where pet owners can get help and motivation to keep their pets on a diet. I guess this works like weight loss support groups like weight watchers! :-)
The only pets we have right now are some gold fish and twelve geese. There is no danger of them getting overweight!