In honor of “National Pet Obesity Awareness Day,” and our commitment to providing pet owners with useful information, we wanted to share a few facts and tips to help you keep your pets living a healthy lifestyle.

Did you know?

The “Association for Pet Obesity Prevention” estimates that nearly 53% of dogs in the US, and 57.9% of cats, are overweight or obese. That’s more than half of our furry friends! We wouldn’t be worried about those statistics, except that excess weight in pets can cause dangerous problems, including heart and respiratory issues, kidney disease, diabetes, and even cancer. All of that might sound scary, but we have good news! Pet obesity is easy to prevent.

Three simple steps can help you determine whether your pet is at a healthy weight.

·      First, gently feel for the ribs – they’ll only be difficult to find if there is too much fat    surrounding the rib cage.

·      Next, take a look at your pet’s abdomen – you don’t want to see any part of their belly sagging.

·      Finally, make sure you can see your pet’s waist when looking at them from above.  If the waist is missing, it likely means your pet is packing on at least a few extra pounds.

So, what do you do if you determine your pet could benefit from some weight loss? There’s no need to worry. With a few lifestyle changes, they’ll be back to a healthy weight in no time. Just like humans, keeping calories in check and getting enough exercise are two of the most important factors when it comes to pets losing weight.

·      Recording meals and avoiding automatic feeders can help you keep track of your pet’s nutritional needs.

·      Keeping your dog active is as easy as taking her for a walk everyday.

·      Cats may require a little more creativity when it comes to getting them off the couch, but toys and games can be a big help.

Want to know more?

For more information, visit the Association for Pet Obesity’s website: http://www.petobesityprevention.org/

Be sure to check back in for more tips and tricks to help keep your pet living a healthy lifestyle!

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