Pet Obesity Prevention and Being Purrfectly Clear on Feline Pain


Listen HERE to the Founder and President of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, Dr. Ernie Ward on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio. He says the issue of the increasing number of overweight and obese pets is far more complex than people merely offering too much table food.

So, what exactly has been going on? And why with every passing year are there more and more obese dogs/cats? Dr. Ward explains that in the first place, it’s not only about weight, but also about body condition score.

Clearly, our pets would live longer and healthier and even happier lives if they were not so many overweight/obese dogs/cats. Excess body fat leads to disease and inhibits quality of life; this isn’t an opinion, it’s something that is known. Also we know unequivocally that there is a link between being overweight/obese and not living as a long as they otherwise could. Of course, we want our pets to live long and healthy lives. And an argument can be made that obese pets may also suffer emotional or psychological consequences.

The number of factors which cause overweight or obesity in pets are numerous, and the truth is that spay/neuter is a significant factor. When this happens caloric requirements decline 20 percent. Dr. Ward talks about the Virbac pet food (Virbac HPM) which adjusts for this, and how other diets will likely probably follow.

Being Purrfectly Clear on Feline Pain

Jackie Ott Jaakola, Executive Director HERE on WGN radio of the non-profit EveryCat Health Foundation explains how all cats truly have benefited from over 50 years of funding cat health studies, and education events – such as the one coming up in conjunction with the Feline Health Center at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine on  April 13-14, Health Breakthroughs for EveryCat: Being Purrfectly Clear on Feline Pain

You can attend the event in-person in Raleigh, NC or virtually – register HERE.

And Ott Jaakola talks about how to honor your veterinarian or veterinary technician/nurse.

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