Obesity is no longer just a health concern for the American people. According to a recent national survey conducted by the Association for the Prevention of Pet Cruelty, more and more pets are joining their owners in tipping the scales. The survey shows that some 45% of dogs and 58% of cats are either overweight or obese. This is a 2% increase for dogs and a 5% increase for cats from the previous year.
A few extra pounds may appear to be cute on that pudgy little pup of yours, but in actuality, an overweight pet is at risk for serious health complications. Just like humans, overweight dogs and cats are at a higher risk than normal weight pets for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, certain cancers, and a shorter lifespan.
In hopes of spending as many healthy years as possible with your pet, it’s best to keep them at a normal weight. Foods with higher amounts of protein instead of corn, less fatty treats, and plenty of exercise are all important for your pet to maintain a healthy weight. Sound familiar? These little lifestyle tweaks aren’t unlike the changes people need to make to lose weight, so get out that leash and start burning some calories together!