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When the pooch starts getting a little plump, you know it’s time for a few things. More walks, less table scraps, and perhaps even an additional visit to the vet to make sure it’s still healthy. But while a rotund Rover can be a cute or funny sight, that extra layer for lovin’ can have some serious consequences. Thanks to National Pet Obesity Day on October 9, we can now all learn more about this problem among our beloved pets.
Currently more than half of all domestic dogs and cats are clinically overweight, which is to say their body condition score is above a four. This can lead to serious health issues for these animals, but the good news is that pet obesity can be easily prevented by taking a few cautionary steps. Thanks to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), we can now all learn what it takes to keep our furry friends healthy and happy.
How to Observe National Pet Obesity Day
Identify if your pet needs help
There are several ways to find out for certain if you need to put your pet on a restrictive diet. Sometimes, we may not even be aware when our pets become overweight, so it’s important to know at what point it becomes a medical problem.
Take your dog for a walk or to the dog park
If you’ve been neglecting getting your dog out of the house, make today the day to go for a walk around the neighborhood. Give it freedom to romp and sniff, and run if given the opportunity. Or even better, head to the local dog park, where it can socialize with other dogs and run off-leash for great, sustained exercise.
Why National Pet Obesity Day is Important
Obesity is a growing risk
According to studies done by APOP. In 2013, cats were heavier than ever, and the rate of overweight cats and dogs has grown slightly over the years. That’s why it’s so important to raise awareness of how to keep our pets slim and spry.
Obesity causes serious health issues
Obesity in pets means more than just lazy animals. Data shows obesity leads to reduced life expectancy, diminished quality of life, chronic inflammation, orthopedic disease, kidney dysfunction, respiratory disorders, cancer, and more. To give our pets the best life possible, we have to help them avoid packing a few extra pounds.
It spreads knowledge
Thanks to making it a national holiday, pet owners are now armed with the tools and information they need to keep their dog or cat healthy.
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