Pet obesity is an epidemic, which is bad, but obesity also causes other serious diseases, which is worse. Diabetes is a growing concern among vets in the UK, and USA and dogs and cats are fairly equally affected. Diabetes is a chronic disease that can’t be cured. It requires lifelong treatment, and close management and monitoring.
It can break your heart to watch your dog struggling to do things he did with energy and verve only a few years ago. The pup who bounded onto the couch with one leap has suddenly started to do it in three careful stages. You can see a certain stiffness of movement. He doesn’t get up from his bed as quickly as he used to. He’s getting old.
Your bouncing, bounding bundle of furry joy is now getting on in years. Fortunately, due to better healthcare practices and improved nutrition, our furry friends are living far longer (and happier!) than they were just a few decades ago. Senior pet food that has been specifically developed may help alleviate some age-related problems. However, a one-size-fits-all approach may not work for all.