One LARGE Pet Crisis
September 12, 2013 in Aerowood Animal Hospital
The number of overweight and obese pets continues to rise. A survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that over half of the dog population in the U.S. is overweight or obese and the number is nearly 6o% for cats. These staggering numbers mean that approximately 80 million dogs and cats in this country are too heavy. Not only is this very uncomfortable, but just like people, these pets are at high-risk for weight-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and kidney disease.
Follow these guidelines to maintain a healthy weight for your pet:
. Feed your pet a balanced, species-appropriate diet. Consult with your veterinarian for tips.
. Practice portion control. A carefully-measured morning and evening meal that is high-protein and low-carb should do the trick. Regularly exercise with your pet.
Click the link for a human comparison weight translator, calculators, charts, and more on the APOP: