Obesity is the most common condition seen in our pets today. Just as with people, there are many factors that contribute to obesity, including poor diet, overfeeding, lack of exercise, and in some cases, underlying health problems. Obesity predisposes our pets to orthopedic injury, then the injury itself keeps them from being active, which predisposes them to further injury. Conditions such as osteoarthritis and diabetes can be greatly improved by weight reduction. When evaluating your pet for a weight loss program, it is important to consider any physiological causes as well as their diet and exercise regimen to set them up for success.