Pet Obesity Awareness: What You Can Do

pet obesity awareness

October 11 is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

Pet obesity awareness so important and here’s why. It’s an unfortunate fact that nearly 54% of dogs and 59% of cats are considered clinically obese. This translates into literally millions of unhealthy animals (42 million dogs and 50 million cats, to be exact).  The same way being overweight can negatively impact human health, it can also drastically affect your pet’s longevity (and their happiness). Therefor, keeping their weight in check is truly a contributor to their health and well being. Hence, why we pride ourselves on providing lean, nutritious diets for dogs… because it matters.

It seems like we’re all guilty of letting our pets occasionally indulge in some of the delicious foods we do.  We’re just saying that there needs to be a balance.  Being overweight can cause a multitude of conditions. High blood pressure, Diabetes, and even Cancer. 

The good news

Problems associated with being overweight can be combated by simply monitoring the amount of food (and treats) you’re feeding your pet.  If you treat your pet throughout the day, consider decreasing the amount of their meals. Of course, we’re not saying to starve them, just give them a little less. Maybe a ¼ cup or whatever amount works for you to help them maintain a healthy weight.  Don’t forget how crucial it is to measure your pet’s portions. Find a scoop or measuring cup that will allow you to easily measure the right amount every time.  Lastly, what you feed matters. Choose a food that includes single source proteins and nutrients from natural sources.  And, of course, never discount the importance of exercise.  Keeping lean is good for you too!  Did you know that a healthy weight can prolong your pet’s life by two years? It’s true so indulge occasionally, but keep the end game in mind.

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