I’m Not Yelling at You! Pet Obesity Hurts…

Attention Schuylkill County! I’m not yelling at you or judging you when you bring your pet to me and I tell you it is overweight. It is part of my job. It is also part of my job to discuss with you how to get your pet to a healthy weight. For some reason, pet lovers take this very personally.

I KNOW you love your pet! I’m hoping you love that cat or dog enough to make changes to keep it healthy for a long time.
There are times when I just dread bringing the subject up. But, as I have no doubt a healthy weight is in the best interest of the pet, I talk about it. Some pet owners are more receptive than others. I really wish all would realize I am just trying to help.
I want you to know what I know:

  • Cats and dogs both suffer from diabetes as a consequence of obesity.
  • Both suffer crippling pain from joint disease.
  • Both have a harder time breathing and more stress is put on the heart.

The good news is that we can do something about this. My team and I at Schuylkill Veterinary Hospital are able to equip you with a diet plan (call it a pet health plan if you want to). Healthy food, small quantities, and frequent feeding is the goal. And, yes, exercise. We have tricks up our sleeve that will make this project easier for you.
Obesity related disease means more money spent on health care for your pet. We can help you reduce those costs by assisting you in a pet weight loss program. We can all work as a team to get your pet to its healthiest weight. And, I’m not yelling at you!


Fat cat photo by Elise Esq
Dog Exercise photo by Glutnix


  1. Jack Thornton says

    My retriever has never had this particular issue. He does not seem particularly food oriented; frequently not eating much until I am sitting in the same room. And never woofing down his food in a fever (like my Beagle always did). Mac is also pretty active. So often the issue is keeping weight on him…