Pet Obesity Still on the Rise
How is it possible that 50 million dogs are at risk of premature death due to obesity, even though we are "doing our best" for them?
Are we really doing our best? We love them, but we tend to spoil them with treats and other unhealthy things. Some people might see their furry friends as just chubby, or cute and chunky. Yes, they might seem cute, but at the same time, we are putting them at risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or arthritis, mainly because they are overweight. Even being 5 – 15% overweight can drastically affect a dog’s quality of life. Based on research the most common reasons for death in dogs are diseases related to obesity.
Two weeks ago the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) published the results of the 2018 National Pet Obesity Survey
based on data both from pet owners and veterinary professionals. The sad fact is that the growth rate in pet obesity has not stopped yet. The clinical survey revealed that 55.8% of dogs are overweight or obese. When we are talking in numbers, that is nearly 50 million dogs in the U.S. alone.
Dogs have been a part of our families since time immemorial. That’s why doing our best means providing them with the best care possible and ensuring them a long and healthy life because their lives depend on us.
What to do to help your dog lose weight and stay in shape
- Choose dog food that is right for your dog
- Monitor the portions and prevent double-feeding
- Pay attention to your dog’s water intake
- Be careful with the number of treats
- Make sure your dog gets enough exercise
Adding more activity to their everyday care doesn’t automatically mean changing their lifestyle drastically. You can just make walks longer or play with them more. Here at Actijoy
, we are trying to make leading a healthy lifestyle as pleasant as possible, and that’s why we have designed tools to make the care of your furry friend easier. They really help you understand your doggy more.
Don’t wait until it’s too late and prolong your dog’s life now.