Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Oct. 14 is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

Over Half Nation's Pets Now Overweight.

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention and "What Would A Dog Do" blog, an estimated 50% of dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese (84 million).

The Health Risks are no laughing matter. The top ten health risks associated with obesity in pets are:

1. Osteoarthritis
2. High blood pressure
3. Type 2 diabetes (cats)
4. Insulin resistance (dogs)
5. Kidney disease
6. Cancer
7. High cholesterol
8. Respiratory disease
9. Skin disease
10. Increased surgical complications

Read the entire article here.

Keeping your pet fit is not only better for your ani-pal's health, but for your health too. Keeping Fido active is a great way to bond with your best pal and a perfect excuse to get outside and move. Let's not forget, that just like people, preventative care is easier on your wallet in the long run and a better way to live a long and healthy life.

Before starting any type of diet or exercise routine, check with your vet for a safe plan.

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