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What do overweight cats, dogs and people have in common?

Overweight cats, dogs and people have shorter lives.

(This is part 1 of an 8-part series on overweight pets from the desk of the Dynavyte Vet.)

As many as 50% of all pets in Australia could be overweight. With approximately 24 million pets in Australia then about 12 million dogs and cats are fat.

Fat tissue may be considered as another organ in the body where the fat cells secrete proteins that affect other parts of the body. These proteins promote inflammation around the body and decrease the body’s natural anti-inflammatory system. This imbalance contributes to many medical conditions associated with overweight pets and people.

Obesity results in inflammation and a loss of gut barrier integrity leading to conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, pancreatitis, urinary problems, asthma, and a higher risk of cancer.

Reducing body weight and the inflammation associated with obesity results in a better quality of life for you and your pet.

As an aside: Obesity contributes to the severity of COVID-19 in people. This increase in severity may be due to the inflammation and loss of gut integrity.

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