Are You Over-feeding Your Pet?

Millions of pets are facing a health crisis, and the root cause may be closer to home than we realise. Obesity in pets is a growing concern, with significant implications for their health and well-being. Let's delve into the cold facts about overweight pets and why our love for them might be inadvertently harming their health…

Scientific evidence unequivocally highlights the detrimental effects of obesity on pets. Excess weight can trigger a cascade of health problems, ranging from inflammatory responses caused by adipose tissue to joint diseases like degenerative joint disease (DJD) or osteoarthritis. Heart disease, diabetes, respiratory issues, compromised immune systems, and even cancer become heightened risks in overweight pets.

Financially, the toll of caring for an overweight pet can be substantial, with expensive surgeries and prolonged recoveries looming as possibilities. Beyond the financial strain, the emotional toll of seeing our beloved companions suffer due to our actions is immeasurable.

The bond between humans and animals is profound, often intertwined with the act of feeding and nourishing. However, this bond can sometimes lead to detrimental behaviours, such as overfeeding out of a misguided sense of love. It's crucial to recognise that expressing love for our pets goes beyond providing food; it entails ensuring their health and longevity.

Misconceptions about ideal body weight abound, with many pet owners unaware of the severity of their pet's condition. Recent studies reveal alarming statistics, with 40 - 50% of pets classified as obese. Addressing this issue requires education and awareness.

Understanding what a healthy weight looks like for your pet is the first step. Consulting with a veterinarian or pet nutritionist can provide valuable guidance in formulating an appropriate eating plan tailored to your pet's needs. Investing in high-quality, nutritionally dense food is an investment in your pet's long-term health and vitality.

Portion control and feeding at set mealtimes are essential strategies in managing weight. While those pleading eyes may tug at our heartstrings, true love means prioritising your pet's health and well-being above all else.

Shifting the focus from overfeeding to enrichment can deepen the bond between pet and owner. Incorporating activities like food foraging, healthy snacks, interactive toys, and regular exercise fosters a happier, more fulfilling life for our pets.

By preventing obesity and prioritising our pet's health, we can ensure that they live long, healthy lives by our side. Let's pledge to become mindful consumers, advocates for our pet's well-being, and stewards of their health for years to come.


Antoinette Smit is a veterinary nurse and physiotherapist. For more information or to get in touch, visit

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