Obesity is the number one health problem among dogs.
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, there are 77.5 million dogs in the United States with over 41 million of these dogs considered overweight or clinically obese.
Fat dogs are just so cute! What’s the big deal? The big deal is the long list of health risks associated with the excess weight. High blood pressure, crippling arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, respiratory distress and some cancers can shorten your much loved dog’s life by 2 to 2 ½ years. Besides reducing a dog’s quantity of life, excess weight also reduces the quality of a dog’s life.
The number one cause of obesity in our dogs is….humans.
Simply put, getting too much to eat and not enough exercise is the combined cause of obesity in our companion pets.
If too many calories and too little exercise is the cause, then reverse that formula for the treatment.
See if you can feel your dog’s ribs. Educate yourself regarding the appropriate weight for your breed of dog and your dog’s caloric intake in its daily food and treats.
In the words of Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, “The most important decision a pet owner makes each day is what they choose to feed their pet. Choose wisely. Your pet’s life depends on it.”