Prevent Pet Obesity
Over half of America's pets are overweight. Our pets are getting osteoarthritis, diabetes, pancreatitis, anterior cruciate ligament injuries and heart and respiratory diseases. Obesity is one of the fastest-growing health problems in our canine and feline friends. A study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimated that 44% of American dogs, or roughly 33 million, are overweight or obese.
Take action against pet obesity—follow these tips to keep the animals you know and love healthy.
Watch what you feed them
- Be sure to feed a pet the label's recommended amount at mealtime.
- Don't feed your pet too many treats—they contain calories too.
- If your dogs whine or beg between meal, give them positive attention, such as pet them or take them out, instead of giving them food.
Taking an inside cat out for a walk isn't the best idea, but all dogs need exercise daily; the amount yours needs depends on its breed.