Raising Obese Pets

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As previously discussed throughout this course, there are many requirements that are of concern for all animal species, all the while, each individual has a different nutritional need based on several factors. Meeting an individual’s nutritional requirement is essential for healthy living and potentially can prevent disease. Obesity is a common health problem that is not only a main concern in humans, but pets, as well. Raising obese pets stems from overfeeding, in adequate exercise and feeding an improper diet which can result in many health issues. However, feeding an improper diet does not just cause obesity, it also can cause an excess or deficiency in vitamins and minerals which can also lead to health problems. Primarily focusing on a …show more content…
These “calculi” deposits can be found in the kidney, bladder or urethra and may cause difficulty urinating. Besides the formation of stones, sludge also may form, most commonly in the bladder, which is an excess of calcium that has not formed into stones. A sludge deposit results in thicker, discolored urine, the urine may appear white or grey. According to Ms. Brown, some rabbits may get stones, others may have sludge and some may have neither and the reasoning behind sludge not turning into stones is unknown. Even though excess calcium can lead to urolithiasis and sludge there are also several other factors that can cause either to form such as, genetics, inactivity, previous or on going kidney and/or bladder disease and low water intake. Thus, it is very important to contact a local veterinarian to provide adequate care, an accurate diagnosis and a proper method of …show more content…
Calcium requirements differ depending on age, sex and reproduction; however, an estimated .6-1% of calcium is required for most pet rabbits (King, 2000). When feeding rabbits expose them to a small quantity of a variety of different greens and fruits. Slowly adjust their diet to ensure that there are no issues with the new diet and that it is a satisfying diet for the rabbit. Amongst other things provide adequate exercise for the rabbit, activity can lead to more frequent urination and help prevent other diseases.

A rabbit’s diet is not as well understood as the diet of other species; however, deficiencies and excess amounts of minerals and vitamins is under further analysis. All in all, it is extremely important to develop a good relationship with a local veterinarian and use the veterinarian as a source to help develop an adequate rabbit diet to meet the animal’s nutritional needs. Besides, feeding an adequate diet provide plenty of exercise to ensure a healthy lifestyle for one’s

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