Maintaining your pet’s weight at a healthy level has numerous benefits. Fit pets are less likely to suffer from diabetes, arthritis, certain heart problems, and skin infections that occur when animals lack the dexterity for proper grooming. In-shape cats and dogs have higher qualities of life and longer life expectancies.
As well, Gregroy K Ogilvie, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine, Oncology) points out in an article in the January/February issue of California Veterinarian that fit pets are less likely to suffer from cancer. The following quote is from the article.
[M]aintenance of lifelong lean body mass has been shown to delay the onset of cancer.
“Delaying the onset” is another way of saying preventing.
I realize that in many cases keeping your pet thin is easier said than done. But this article points out one more reason why it’s worth trying.