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Pet Obesity: Food Is Not Love

Pet Obesity Awareness Day 2016

Pet Obesity Awareness Day is October 12, 2016

Over half of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. In fact, based on the 2015 Association of Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) Pet Obesity Survey, the APOP found that an estimated 54% of dogs and 58% of cats are overweight.

While a couple of extra pounds may not be alarming for us, for pets those extra pounds are a big deal. Because our pets are smaller than we are, the extra weight they carry can also have higher health risks. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Arthritis or osteoarthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Knee injuries
  • Liver disease
  • And an overall decrease in the quality of life

Pets become overweight when they eat too much food (or treats) and do not receive enough exercise. It’s tempting to want to show your love for your pets with an extra treat, but food doesn’t equal love.

Here are some tips on how to keep your pet a wealthy weight.

If your pet is overweight or obese, please contact your primary care veterinarian to set up an appropriate exercise and nutrition plan.

To help you get started, use the Daily Feeding and Activity Log created by the APOP. Don’t forget to share your results with your veterinarian when discussing your pet’s weight loss plan.

2016 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

On Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (and throughout the month of October), the APOP encourages veterinary practices and pet owners to complete the Tenth Annual Pet Obesity Awareness Day survey. The APOP gathers this data to determine how many pets in the United States are overweight or obese.

Sign up to receive a short questionnaire to be completed by the end of October. You can also fill out brief survey to win a free copy of Dr. Ernie Ward’s book on pet obesity and nutrition, “Chow Hounds.”

Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey

Obesity shortens lives. Help pets live longer and healthier.

Encourage pet owners you know to participate in the survey. Follow APOP on Facebook to stay up-to-date and learn more about pet obesity. And don’t forget to share their posts to your network.

You can also share this blog post, or any of the resources listed in this post, to fellow pet owners.

Happy exercising and healthy eating! Let’s do our part to keep both our furry friends and ourselves fit.

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