Nov
2
2011

"Spaying or neutering causes obesity."

"If Fido waddles, he’s fat."

"Obesity is natural as pets age and grow less active."

How many times have you heard clients repeat these myths or something like them? Obesity is tough enough to tackle without the hindrance of misinformation and wishful thinking.
 
With empathetic and informed discussion, you can help clients reject myths and excuses and make the best choices for their pets. To do that, of course, you need to know the facts.
 
See how much you know about obesity with Trends magazine’s "What Do You Know?" quiz. Click the answer to each question to find out whether it is correct.

Question 1: What are the risk factors for obesity?

Question 2: What is the normal body fat composition for an adult dog 8 to 10 years of age?

Question 3: Obese dogs and cats are more at risk for which condition?

Question 4: How is obesity diagnosed?

Question 5: Is surgery an option for weight loss in an animal?

a) Yes
b) No

Question 6: Why are unbalanced weight reduction programs harmful?

Question 7: What type of diet is best to help cats lose weight?

Question 8: When is an animal obese?

Question 9: Can obesity be prevented?

a) Yes
b) No

Question 10: Who is responsible for helping the animal lose weight?

 
Read what can happen to a cat when it becomes too obese to walk to its litterbox: Morbidly obese cat gets a second chance at life.
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