As hard as it is to look into those big puppy eyes and deny them that extra treat, it is a matter of long-term health and long-term costs. Pet obesity is at an all time high, and unfortunately, routine veterinary visits are at a low. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association – the nation’s oldest and most popular provider of pet insurance – obesity can put a major dent in your pet’s health, and your bank account.
Recent studies have shown a gradual increase in the average weight of household pets. Oddly enough, these findings are echoed through the increasing amount of health claims made to pet insurance providers. Atop the list of most common ailments are conditions likely to result from prolonged obesity, including:
- Kidney and liver disease
- Heart failure
Despite the proliferation of these diseases and issues, many pets go undiagnosed for long periods due to infrequent visits to their veterinarian. By the time an owner realizes there may be a health issue, the problem is often already too far advanced for effective treatment.
Statistics show the gradual decline in veterinary visits by pet owners over the last several years. The current economic situation has obviously put a damper on most people’s spending budgets, yet it is imperative to understand where costs can, and cannot be cut. Your pet’s healthcare is one such area that requires attention, despite current financial situations.
Assuming the care of a pet is much like making a promise to care for a life, despite any difficulties or obstacles. Having your pet examined by a veterinarian at least once a year cannot be emphasized enough. Veterinarians are trained to spot and prevent health problems before they become severe. You are also responsible for helping your pet maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise.
You may think your pet will appreciate you more for that extra treat, but they will appreciate a longer, healthier life far more than a temporary indulgence.
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