For many Americans, the top New Year’s Resolution each year is to lose weight. Should this be your dog’s New Year’s Resolution too?
Pet obesity is a growing problem that often isn’t taken seriously, even though it contributes to life-threatening and life-shortening conditions such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer.
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 52.5% of US Dogs (approximately 36.7 million) are overweight or obese, and 58.3% of US Cats (approximately 43.2 million) are overweight or obese! These numbers are astonishing, and what’s worse, they have been increasing every year.
If you are uncertain whether your dog may have a weight problem, follow these guidelines: You should be able to easily feel your pet’s ribs without a layer of fat. When you look down at your pet, you should be able to see a waist, and when you look at your pet from the side, you should see a tucked abdomen.
Start the New Year off right— let’s help our best FURiends shed those extra pounds. The first place to start is with the diet. Many of us just feed our pets too much. If you are unsure how much food your pet should be eating, please call us and we can help. When feeding, make sure you use a measuring cup each time to fill the bowl. This tells you and your veterinarian how much your pet is actually eating and we can more easily make adjustments if need be.
Also, limit the treats. We often show our love with treats but moderate is the key. You might also con-sider substituting commercial treats for low calorie treats, carrot sticks or apple slices. In addition to a portioned diet, don’t forget about exercise. It’s healthy for everyone to Get Up, Get Out and Get Moving, not to mention, a great way to spend quality time together!
If you are working on weight loss with your pet, please contact your Veterinarian and pay a visit. They, along with K9 Fit Club can record your pet’s weight in his or her record and keep track of the progress!
Finally, as exercise is an important component for you and your dog, don’t hesitate to visit a K9 Fit Club in your area or contact us for some great tips to get and keep you and your dog in shape.
Tricia Montgomery, Founder & President
K9 Fit Club