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Pet Obesity

Document Type


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Natural Sciences

Faculty Advisor

Brenda Young


Obesity in companion animals has been a growing issue, becoming the most commonly diagnosed nutritional disorder. Long term obesity can cause an array of health complications and ultimately lead to a shorter life span. Often, there are other factors involved besides overfeeding, such as genetics and early age spay/neuter. Our poster will describe how to recognize pet obesity, minimize the chance of it occurring, and how to take action if it is already a concern. We will also discuss the different types of health consequences associated with obesity in cats and dogs, highlight specific types of breeds requiring more attention regarding the topic, as well as give tips and ways pet owners can be proactive.