Animal Hospital News

Fat is Alive!

posted by Dr. Deb on June 18th, 2009 in Cats, Dogs, Exotics, Other

Fat is a self-perpetuating, disease-causing entity!

Research now indicates that fat cells not only store fat, but also secrete hormones and other substances directly responsible for many of the diseases that we see in overweight pets (and humans).

Fat actively secretes inflammatory mediators that CAUSE arthritis in dogs and inflammatory bladder disease in cats. Obese cats are also more prone to painful dental disease and feline asthma.

Fat cells secrete hormones that cause insulin resistance and increased blood glucose production in the liver. These conditions lead to Diabetes Mellitus. Cats are especially sensitive to obesity–induced Diabetes!
Furthermore, fat cells release hormones that block the brain’s satiety center, preventing the sensation of “fullness” during a meal. So, an overweight pet feels hungry all the time, eats more, puts on more fat, which secretes more hormones blocking satiety. It’s a vicious cycle leading to getting fatter, having more inflammation in the body, which makes pets move less, so they get heavier, develop more insulin resistance, are more likely to develop diabetes, etc.

Obese pets have more disease earlier in life, resulting in higher veterinary expenses for a longer period of time. The only way to break the cycle is to help your pet lose weight. It’s not always easy, but we, at Cimarron Animal Hospital, are here to help you with suggestions, diet food, and even medication if needed.

WEIGHT LOSS TIPS:

Exercise for 10 minutes twice daily– Walk your dog around the neighborhood. Play hide and seek with your cat.

PLAYING WITH YOUR CAT

http://cats.about.com/cs/catmanagement101/a/play_with_cat.htmdcf
http://cats.about.com/cs/playforcats/l/blpeekaprize.htm

WALKING YOUR CAT

http://www.hdw-inc.com/walkingjackets.htm

Feed a Prescription Calorie Restricted Food.– these foods are formulated to maximize weight loss while preserving lean body weight and protecting against diabetes— over the counter foods are not.

Stop feeding human foods and store–bought treats and rawhides. Even a few treats of uncertain caloric content add to a pet’s daily calorie intake in no time! Your vet can suggest low calorie treats with a known amount of calories that can be used responsibly for training and rewards without adding to the daily calorie intake.

WEIGHT LOSS MEDICATION FOR DOGS

Slentrol is a new medication available for dogs (sorry cats, this one is not for you!) to help them lose weight. It works by preventing fat absorption out of the GI tract and by stimulating the brain’s satiety center, reducing hunger. Weight loss with this medication has to be carefully supervised by your veterinary health care team. The doses of medication are changed based on your pet’s monthly weight loss success. This medication is very helpful for weight loss, but like most human weight loss meds, a careful weight maintenance program has to be followed to prevent rebound weight gain. Ask for more information about Slentrol if your pup is overweight!
http://www.slentrol.com/display.aspx?sec=000

Call us at 886-1125 if your pet is overweight and you are ready to help him lead a healthier, less expensive, more active, happier lifestyle!

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