Obesity Up In Cats, Dogs and Horses


Obesity due to overfeeding is becoming a health problem among domestic animals. Some cases are so severe that the animal has difficulty walking, as in the case of Obie, the 77 pound dachshund.  According to CBS News in Los Angeles, animal obesity is an epidemic across the country, with over half being overweight.

Read about Obie, the world’s fattest, overfed dachshund in The Sun July 2012 – Dog Almost Fed To Death By Owners.  An up-to-date report on Obie’s progress is in the May 2013 issue of the Daily Mail, Obie The Formerly Obese Dachshund.  The dog has lost 40 pounds.

Weight loss prescription is the same for animals as humans, cut back on calories, and increase exercise.  Overfeeding your furry friend isn’t a sign of love.  An overweight animal, isn’t a happy one.  A cat that can’t stand up or walk, isn’t funny.

If you really love your furry friends, stop overfeeding them.  The articles in the following section are a good start to help you understand how to help your overweight cat, dog or horse lose weight.


For further information about prevention visit The Association Of Pet Obesity Prevention.

Tips on buying dog and cat food, Are You Overfeeding Your Pet?, and High Fat Dog Foods.

Mistakes People Make Feeding Cats at WebMD, and Help For Overweight Dogs.

Advice on feeding fewer calories, and giving more exercise from the Horse Channel:  Help For An Overweight Horse.

The April 2012 issue of Veterinary News reports on, Overweight Horses: An Increasing Problem.

Learn how to care for an overweight horse from The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP): The Overweight Horse Special Care and Nutrition, July 2005.

A fat horse is not a happy horse, from May 2004 DVM News, Equine Obesity.

PawNation, How To Avoid Overfeeding Your Horse.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

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