The number of overweight pets in the
United States is increasing every year. It is estimated
that as many as 25% of dogs and 30% of cats are overweight.
Just like in people, diet and exercise are extremely important
in preventing this growing epidemic from affecting your pet.
Overweight pets become more prone to heart disease, arthritis,
breathing problems, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems and
We are all very busy, and sometimes
our pets don't get that nightly walk they once did. However,
just increasing your pet's activity a small amount can vastly
affect their metabolism in a positive way. A rousing game of
fetch or a walk around the block just twice a week can have a
positive impact on your dog's health (and yours,
It is also important to feed a high
quality premium diet. Many lower quality diets have a large
amount of fillers, which just leave your pet hungry in just a few
Feeding the right amount is
important as well. Look on the bag, and you will find a
guide to how much to feed daily. We recommend dividing
this amount up into two meals daily. If you are feeding
treats regularly, adjust the amount of food you feed
As far as treats go, feed a high
quality treat, and do not go overboard. We recommend Hill's
t/d as a regular treat to promote good dental health.
We also recommend Purina Lite Treats for those dogs who tend to put
on a few extra pounds. Feeding scraps off the table will
quickly lead to obesity, and can even cause more serious health
problems, such as pancreatitis.