In America, more than half of the adult population is overweight or obese, and, out of the 68.2 million dogs in America, over half are overweight or obese. It seems not only are we becoming a nation of couch potatoes and bad habits, so are our dogs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third – or 35.7 percent – of U.S. adults are obese, leaving us at risk for hypertension, heart disease, stroke and other issues.
“Pudgy pooches and fat cats are now the norm.” states Dr. Ernie Ward, Founder and President of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). “This is the first generation of pets that will not live as long as their parents. Even worse, the majority of today’s overweight pets will endure painful and expensive medical conditions – all of which can be avoided.”
K9 Fit Club is now working to reverse this trend by with a nationwide community dedicated to health, fitness and wellness.
The health risks associated with overweight and obese dogs:
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- High cholesterol
- Respiratory disease
- Skin disease
- Increased surgical complication.
K9 Fit Club wants to help both dogs and owners by providing free programs, seminars and creating a community for education and awareness of obesity in both dogs and owners.
Tricia Montgomery, Founder and President of K9 Fit Club states, “Not only have both dogs and owners become a nation of couch potatoes, we want a quick fix for everything. From pills to the latest “new & improved program” or the “magic” gimmick to suddenly lose weight and get in shape” The simple solution and the key for both is combining both nutrition and exercise, eat in moderation, eat healthier and exercise. Taking that first step is key to you and your dog’s success. A little bit of something, is better than a whole lot of nothing.”
Montgomery, who is also a certified personal trainer, also says, “Your best workout partner is your dog. They will never cancel on you and they will never complain. Any opportunity to do something, especially, fitness and activity related with you is great for your dog. Dogs are a barometer for our emotions and our abilities. If you’re having a bad day, your dog is having a bad day. If you are working out and including your dog, your mood, health and stamina improves, the same is true for your dog.”
In honor of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, K9 Fit Club is asking you to commit to get fit and take an honest look at both you and your dog. If you think your dog may be overweight or obese, please schedule an appointment with a veterinarian today.
As with any aspect of you and your dog’s health, you should consult with your doctor and veterinarian before you both engage in a new fitness routine.
Visit the www.petobesityprevention.com and www.k9fitclub.com to learn more on how you can help both you and your best friend live long, happy and healthy lives.
About K9 Fit Club
K9 Fit Club is the Nation’s Premiere Indoor Workout Facility dedicated to the health, fitness and wellness of pooches and their people. Our clubs include locations in St. Louis, Washington DC, Portland, OR, Los Angeles and Laguna Niguel, CA.
K9 Fit Club’s programs and classes were developed by Veterinarians, Doctors, Certified Animal Behaviorists, People and Pup Personal Trainers to ensure a safe, fun and effective workout for both the dog and owner.
At K9 Fit Club we are building our programming to combat obesity with professional fitness equipment from our partners FitBALL®, FitPAWS®, DogTread™ and Walk n Sync™.
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