As in humans, excess weight in pets can create a variety of health problems. The millions of overweight and obese dogs and cats in the U.S. are at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and more.

It's much easier to maintain a healthy weight than to lose excess weight later. Schedule regular exams for your pet so that any weight gain can be addressed before it causes severe problems. Discuss your pet's eating and exercise habits with your veterinarian, who can help you create a healthy feeding plan.

If your pet already has weight and/or other health problems related to diet, your vet may recommend a prescription diet. Prescription diets are specially formulated for animals with obesity, kidney disease, intestinal disorders, and other health issues. Because the unique balance of nutrients in these diets is not appropriate for healthy animals, they are available only through your vet.

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