Many of us enjoy giving our pets scrumptious meals or slipping secret treats under the table during dinner–however, this sort of “kindness” could actually be quite harmful to your pet, especially if they’re already struggling with being overweight. Like humans, dogs and cats can become obese, which introduces all manner of health issues that can negatively impact their quality of life.
In fact, it’s estimated that 54% of dogs and cats in the nation are overweight or obese. October 7th is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, dedicated to reminding dog and cat owners that their pets are at risk of weight-related health problems unless something is done to change up their nutrition and diet routine.
When an animal gets too heavy, there are numerous problems they might start suffering from. This includes forms of arthritis (because of the strain on their joints), diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart and respiratory diseases, and even cancer. Life expectancy can even be shortened by several years, often due to complications from one of the aforementioned conditions.
So pet obesity is a serious matter, as you can see. But what’s there to be done about it? A lot!
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has put together a number of tools you can use to protect your pet from being too heavy. This includes a calculator to determine whether your pet is at a healthy weight or not, how to introduce healthy weight loss, and activity suggestions to encourage a more balanced lifestyle.
A big part of any pet’s weight-related health is, of course, their diet. That’s one of the reasons why Variety Pet Foods strives to always provide healthy meals and treats for dogs and cats, carefully portioned and prepared. Even though they may be gobbled down by eager pups and kittens, you can at least know the ingredients are contributing to their growth and energy in positive ways. So long as you remain aware of exactly how much your pet is eating throughout the day and ensure they get enough exercise, it should be a simpler matter to keep them at a weight range that is good for their age and size.
If you aren’t sure about their weight, just take them to the vet and have them looked over. The vet should easily tell you whether a little weight loss is necessary to help your pet enjoy a longer, happier life.
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