Healthy Living: Chubby Pets
The CDC says that 71% of American adults are overweight or obese, and it looks like it’s rubbing off on our pets.
A recent New York Times article reported that veterinarians said nearly half of the dogs they see are overweight or obese, with other vets saying it’s even more!
They say, “Most of the animals coming in, probably about 80% are at least a little bit overweight.”
You can check the American Kennel Club’s breed weight chart to see how much your dog should weigh and weigh them often. The guidelines on many pet food labels are on the high side, so it’s better to judge the amount you feed on whether your animal is gaining or losing weight.
AKC says, “first step is to actually measure how much you’re feeding and then cut that back, it depends on how overweight they are, probably about 25 percent on average.”
You should consider switching to a lower calorie food brand designed for weight loss, make sure they get exercise every day, but ease into the regimen …
Even though vets said at least 50% of the animals they saw were overweight, only 17% of owners acknowledged their pet was fat!
Nationwide insurance said that obesity-related veterinary insurance claims exceeded 69 million dollars in 2017.