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Obesity is a Disease

Obesity Is A Disease


40% to 50% of the companion animal population is overweight or obese.  There are many factors that can contribute to development of obesity in pets, overfeeding and under exercising are the most significant causes.


Relationship of table scrapes being fed to companion animals to the calorie equivalent of a human.


Type of food consumed

By pet

Calorie Equivalent to person consuming

20 pound dog

1 ounce of cheddar cheese

2 ½ hamburgers or

1 ½ chocolate bars

20 pound dog

1 hot dog

3 hamburgers or

2 whole chocolate bars

20 pound dog

1 small oatmeal cookie

1 hamburger or

1 entire chocolate bar

10 pound cat

1 cup of milk

4 ½ hamburgers or

5 chocolate bars

10 pound cat

1 potato chip

½ of a hamburger or

½ chocolate bar

10 pound cat

1 ounce of cheddar cheese

3 ½ hamburgers or

4 whole chocolate bars


With having a pet that is obese you are increasing the risk of other medical problems. Such as ambulatory, degenerative musculoskeletal issues (difficulty getting around), arthritis, respiratory problems, exercise intolerance, tracheal collapse with small breed pets, dental disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, anesthesia risk factors, and decreased immune system function.  While any dog is at risk of becoming overweight or obese breeds like basset hounds, beagles, cairn terriers, cocker spaniels, dachshunds, golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, pugs and Shetland sheepdogs have a higher susceptibility of becoming overweight.


A dog/cat that maintains a leaner more ideal weight stays healthier and lives longer then there fatter counterparts. There are foods available to help start the process of getting your pet into better shape and have a healthier life.  Hills Science Diet makes many light formula foods, as well as a couple prescription foods such as R/d and W/d to help with the process of decreasing your pets’ weight.  Both foods are available at Shop City and our staff if fully able to help you choose the right food for your pet and there situation, and to get them started on a diet to a longer healthier life.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact the Veterinary Medical Center on Bridge St. in Syracuse at (315)446-7933.

You can also contact the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Center on Downer Street Road in Baldwinsville at (315)638-3500.