Pet Obesity on the rise
We have all heard that the obesity epidemic is hitting people in the United States, but did you know it is effecting our dogs and cats too? According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, “Roughly 53 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese.” This percentage is alarming especially with research also saying many of the pet parents did not realize that their pets were overweight. With these numbers, obesity can cause some major health problems for our pets such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart failure. To prevent our pets from becoming overweight, there needs to be proper education. Here are a few ways to help your pet’s weight:
- Double checking how much food you are giving them. Check their food to see what they should be eating. Also, take into consideration any treats they get throughout the day.
- Reducing treats. My pups LOVE when my parents come to visit because they always bring them treats and they aren’t the small treats either! We have to make sure they are only for special occasions : ) For us, to limit the treats we give them, we use training treats such as the Zukes training treats.
- Getting your pets into an exercise routine. Right now with the weather it can be harder to get your pup some exercise, but it is important for their health. There are great ways to get some exercise inside. Koop loves to play tug-o-war if it is too cold to go to the park for exercise. For cats, try getting them to play with chasing a laser.
- Speak with your vet. They are the best resource to knowing what is best for your pet. They can work with you to come up with a exercise and diet plan.