Like owner like pet! Each year Americans are getting fatter and our pets are too! According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) we are “obesogenic.” In layman’s terms our environment tends to encourage excessive weight gain. This helps to explain why 51.5% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. Just like us our pets are at risk for osteoarthritis, insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, several forms of cancer, and much more.
Owners can prevent their pet from being exposed to obesity simply by feeding them the right amount of food. But how do we know how much is too much for our pet? CU-PetHealth, a new app created by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University for iPhones and iPads, may be the perfect solution for us tech savvy Americans. CU-PetHealth can be compared to many other pet apps that allow users to store their pet’s medical history and set reminders for upcoming vet appointments. But CU-PetHealth goes above and beyond all other apps by allowing the user to find out the proper amount of food to feed their dog or cat based on age, weight and other factors. Keep being a smart pet owner simple and purchase CU-PetHealth for $3.99 on iTunes.