Problems for pudgy pets

By Erica Quednau |

Published 04/04 2014 04:31PM

Updated 04/07 2014 11:06AM

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- It's a problem the Champaign County Humane Society has been seeing for about a year. Pets are coming into the shelter a little pudgy. Just like people, it could be bad for their health. That's why it's important to monitor their weight.

Mary Tiefenbrunn says seeing your dog or cat's waist isn't a bad thing. You should be able to feel your pet's ribs easily. If you're looking at them from above, you should see a waist line. If you look at them from the side, you should see an abdominal tuck after the rib cage.

Those signs signify a good, healthy weight. If your pet doesn't look like that, it could be your fault. If a pet comes into the shelter overweight, they do what they can there; even taking cats on walks, plus limiting food intake.

Some problems pets could experience from being overweight are diabetes, joint or bone issues or even high blood pressure. So, it's suggested you visit your vet if you think your pet's wight is a problem and work out a good plan for fixing it.

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