Help Your Fat Cat Shed Some Pounds

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Photo: Creative Commons

In celebration of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are encouraging pet parents to pay attention to the serious problem facing more than half of America’s pets.

Celebrated on Oct. 8, National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is dedicated to raising awareness about the growing pet obesity problem in the U.S. and provides an opportunity to gather more information during the Eighth Annual Pet Obesity Awareness Day survey.

Based on last year’s survey from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 57.6 percent of cats and 52.6 percent of dogs in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese. In addition to decreasing its life-expectancy, overweight animals are at risk for cranial cruciate ligament injury, heart and respiratory disease, insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes, as well as osteoarthritis.

“Pet obesity is one of the most preventable health problems facing America’s pets,” said Dr. Jennifer Welser, chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “Controlling the amount of food your pet receives, ensuring your pet gets plenty of exercise and eliminating table scraps are the best ways to ensure a pet stays in shape.”

Along with diet and exercise, BluePearl Veterinary Partners recommends having your pet seen by your family veterinarian at least twice a year because pets age much faster than humans.

For more information about National Pet Obesity Awareness day, contact your veterinarian and visit: http://www.petobesityprevention.com/

 

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