Pet Obesity Reality Check

Arielle West Articles, Cats, Dogs, Nutrition & Health

diet dogPet obesity is a very serious health concern for our furry family members. Obesity can result in serious adverse health effects, such as reducing the lifespan of your pet.

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), in 2014, an estimated 53 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the U.S. were overweight or obese. Most dogs and cats become too heavy because they are overfed and under-exercised. However, there are other predictors of obesity that many pet guardians may not be aware of.

An article was released by Dr. Karen Becker that walks through the six risk factors for pet obesity, and how to do your own reality check of evaluating your pet’s weight condition.

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If you’re not sure whether your pet is overweight, you should consult your veterinarian. Together, you can determine what your dog’s or cat’s ideal weight should be. You can also come in and talk to one of our trained staff to discuss your pet’s food and feeding guidelines, we’re here to help!