Pet obesity is running rapid.
According to an article I read in Time Magazine –
about one-third of dogs and cars in the United States are now overweight
This was so alarming to read.
DID YOU KNOW –
Overweight cats spiked 169% over the last ten years. while the number of overweight dogs jumped 158%?
Believe it or not – people underestimate their pets body conditions, preventing them from taking action to manage their pet’s weight.
Like humans – preventing your pet from becoming overweight is easier than taking off the excess weight once it’s there. #dontIknow
When Harley was a puppy, I had no idea I would have to “learn” how to maintain his optimum weight.
Reading and continuous dialog is what equipped me with the knowledge on how to provide a balanced lifestyle for him.
The benefits are extraordinary!
Exercise will –
- burn calories
- strengthen respiratory and circulatory systems
- keep muscles toned and joints flexible
- relieve boredom
For these Southern Doodles, the weather has been dangerously hot. During the day, they watch humans play tennis through the window…
But in the early evening, my Dracula Doodles are out and about all over town…
I’m not here to “judge” anyone when it comes to dog food. I conferred with my vet, did some research, talked to people and through trial and error I selected what I knew to be best for my Boys.
Depending on the life stage your dog happens to be in will determine the proper diet.
For instance –
- younger dogs need different components than older dogs
- pregnant dogs require increased ingredients
- older dogs (depending on their level of activity) may need fewer calories
Because of the extreme heat we’re experiencing these days – I’m pushing more fresh fruits and veggies because it’s natural, nutritious and adds to hydration…
This week – they’re having a love affair with fresh strawberries…
They eat them in the morning with their breakfast and we’ll all chomp on a few in the afternoon.
MONITOR / REGULATE –
Be your pets life saver. Monitor and regulate (when necessary) their weight. Before you know it you will be so familiar to seasonal changes in weight, and can adjust those special treats when necessary.
And always remember a sudden increase or decrease in weight could be contributed to a medical condition. Seek veterinarian advice immediately.
Obesity is a –
nutritional disease which os defined by an excess of body fat. Dogs that are over-nourished, lack the ability to exercise or have a tendency to retain weight are the most oat risk for becoming obese. Source: PetMD
Together, let’s do our part and –
- share what we know
- learn as much as we can
So our pet’s future will shine so bright, they’ll have to wear shades…
Have a pawsome week!
Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters ❤️