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Obesity and Your Pets

With so many Americans who are overweight, it is no surprise to learn that pet obesity is becoming a problem in America as well. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 54 percent of dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese (petobesityprevention.com, 2010). Obesity is very dangerous for pets and it is important for your veterinarian or veterinary technician to educate you about the dangers of pet obesity. Some of the primary risks for overweight or obese pets include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Ligament injury

Injury and illnesses caused by obesity is becoming a common theme in many veterinarian offices. It is largely preventable yet still more and more pets are suffering from medical problems due to obesity.

How to Keep Your Pet Healthy

There are many things you can do as a responsible pet owner to keep your pets healthy. Some of the APOP’s recommended tips include:

  • Limit the amount of pet food you feed your pet
  • Exercise your pet
  • Limit excessive treats for your pet
  • Do no feed your pet human food or scraps

Pet treat companies are not required to list the calories on their labels, so pet owners do not know how many extra calories their pets are consuming every day. For instance, one Pup-Peroni fed to a 10-pound dog is equivalent to an adult eating a Little Debbie Fudge Brownie. The treats for pets are super high in fat and sugar and are adding to the pet obesity problem.

Extra weight on your pet is very hard on their bodies and it is important to keep them healthy, so you can both enjoy a long-life together. If your pet is overweight or obese, be sure to speak to your local veterinarian or veterinary technician about helping your loved one lose their weight.

Sources:
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, Obesity Facts & Risks - http://www.petobesityprevention.com/pet-obesity-fact-risks/
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, Fat Pets Getting Fatter According to Latest Survey -http://www.petobesityprevention.com/fat-pets-getting-fatter-according-to-latest-survey/
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, Weight Loss Tools - http://www.petobesityprevention.com/category/weight-loss-tools/


 
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