Pets don’t need to watch their waistline, but with the health effects of carrying extra weight being just as serious for them as it is for people, their humans certainly should.
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs are obese, making it twice as high as human obesity in the U.S., which stands at one-third of the population.
Experts say obesity is the single biggest threat to your pets’ health and urge pet owners to work with a vet to create a weight-loss plan.
According to the American Kennel Club, the amount of exercise dogs need each day depends on the age, health, and breed. Generally, puppies require more exercise in short bursts while adult and senior dogs can vary based on their energy levels.
If cats are obese, they often have trouble using the litter box and grooming themselves. It’s reccommended that cat parents play with their cats two to three times a day for at least 10 minutes.
If you fear that your pet is overweight, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reccomends easing them into a workout routine that gradually increases their exercise time over a few weeks.
Another great option for getting your furry friends back in shape, get them a friend! There are plenty of shelters across the region full of animals that can bring new energy into your home.