Obesity has become an extremely important health problem in the Western world, not just for humans but for dogs and cats as well. Obesity in pets is associated with joint problems, diabetes, respiratory compromise, and decreased life span. Recent estimations suggest that up to 35% of dogs and cats in the U.S. suffer from obesity. There are multiple factors attributing to weight gain in our patients. Our average pet gets less exercise and more food than before. We know from studies that lean dogs live an additional two years compared to obese dogs. At White Rock Veterinary Hospital, our staff can help you with a diet and exercise plan tailored to your pet’s needs.