So let’s talk about something we all may be aware of. Pet obesity. In the US alone, 60% of cats and 56% of dogs are overweight according to a popular survey from 2017.
Something I didn’t know, the feeding chart on the back of your dog food bag is pertaining to highly athletic dogs. So if you have pets that aren’t as active, you may be feeding them too much. also it is common for pet owners to overdue the treats. Giving your pet too many treats can contribute to obesity.
Dogs need at least 30 minutes and cats need 3-5 minutes of high intensity playtime each day. By gong for walks, playing, or giving them interactive toys can help stimulate their brain and reduce their weight. Pet obesity is serious. It can cause respiratory or kidney failure, a reduced life span, skin disorders, cancer, orthopedic diseases, metabolic and endocrine diseases.
Make is a goal to include activities for your cat or dog! Be sure to do your research on appropriate dog food and the amount you should be feeding them. You can find charts online. Do anything you can to stop the pet obesity epidemic!