It’s National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, and you should ask yourself this question…is your pet fat?
Obesity is a real problem in the U.S., and our pets are no exception. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 51.5% of dogs and cats in
the U.S. are overweight or obese.
Did you realize a 12 pound Yorkie is the same as an average female weighing 218 pounds, according to the Association. You can also click here to find out how much your pet weighs compared to an average human male or female.
We cannot stress at aarff.com how important it is to really keep your pet at a healthy weight, which should be determined by your veterinarian. Like humans, you put your beloved pooch’s health at risk when they are overweight. Those extra pounds could result in your pet developing osteoarthritis, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and/or kidney disease, and many forms of cancer.
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention also has a great illustrations of healthy versus overweight pets. Much like adults, if your pet has a sagging stomach, you have a hard time finding his ribs, and you can’t see his waist….he’s carrying too much weight.
We ask that starting today, get your pet healthy, take him for walks, buy healthy dog food, don’t feed him table scraps. In fact, this will really put feeding your pet human fast food into perspective. According to Dr. Ernie Ward of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, one McDonald’s Cheeseburger eaten by a 60-pound dog is similar to an adult eating two Taco Bell Taco Supremes *and* a 20-ounce Coke Classic! Dr. Ward also has a list of no-no food our pets should stay away from.
So bottom line, tell your pet you love him by keeping him at a healthy weight.