If you’re like most pet owners, you probably think of your furry friend as a member of the family. And just like with any other member of the family, you want to make sure your pet is healthy and fit.
Since the late 1990s, pet obesity has been on the rise. Just like in humans, obesity can lead to a number of health problems in pets. But how can you tell if your pet is obese? Check out our guide for tips on identifying pet obesity and finding ways to help them lose weight.
This year’s National Pet Obesity Awareness Day falls on October 12th, 2022. Every year, it is observed as a reminder of the importance of pet health. Although pets come in a variety of attractive shapes and sizes, being overweight can result in a number of health issues.
Here are pet obesity signs to look out for:
- Visible weight gain
- Difficulty breathing even with lack of activity
- Lack of grooming because of difficulty to reach some places.
- Reduced mobility and tiredness
- Excessive body fat: You cannot feel your pet’s ribs
What are the risks associated with obesity in pets?
Pet obesity can result in major health issues that shorten and/or lower your pet’s life expectancy. They are more susceptible to issues like: Diabetes, Heart problems Respiratory issues to name a few.
How can I help my pet lose weight if she is obese or overweight?
Make sure your pet maintains a balanced diet and gets plenty of exercise to help prevent obesity. If you need help in this area be sure to check our dog-walking services!
National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is a time to reflect on the growing epidemic of obesity in pets and what we can do as responsible pet owners to help address this issue.
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 54% of cats and dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. That’s nearly half of all our beloved furry friends!
If your pet is overweight or obese, there are things you can do to help your pet lose weight safely and effectively. One easy solution is more frequent walks!