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Pet Obesity- A Call to Action

February 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Dog Diets

pet obesityYou should be very concerned if your dog suffers from pet obesity. The sad fact is that almost a quarter of our pets are actually overweight. It’s important to understand why this is happening. Some think it correlates with the electronic age and the lack of time we all have for our pets.

People tend to take a lot of shortcuts these days. There are remote controls, microwaves, dishwashers and computers that are all meant to make our lives easier. These things that are meant to make our lives easier and leave more time for things like walking the dog often do not. Unfortunately, there is no time.

Sure, our tasks can be completed quickly. Even so, people are finding other things to fill their time with. People spend hours on the Internet or in front of the TV screen instead of getting outside and walking the dog, leading to pet obesity.

It is a sad shame that people can’t find pleasure in the simple things anymore. Our pets are suffering, which is probably a direct cause of our own sedentary lifestyles. People are even moving into more urban areas with less room for dogs to run around.

Another reason that pets are overweight is because of over-processed pet foods. Pet owners also feed their dogs unhealthy scraps and think that it will have no effect.

You do need to take notice and action if your pet is overweight. If it continues your dog will die at an early age. There are also many diseases associated with obesity. Some are:

• Diabetes
• Arthritis
• Heart Complications
• Endocrinal Diseases
• Bad Joints

The best thing for you to do if you suspect your dog is overweight is take him to a vet’s office. They can set you straight with an exercise plan and diet for your dog. You might find that you’ve been doing some things wrong that directly contributed to your dog’s weight problem.

Another thing you can do is make sure you’re not too busy to spend time with your pet. No matter how busy your schedule is you must make time for your pet. Your dog will be a lot happier and healthier if you feed him the right things and take the time to do some healthy exercise. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to control pet obesity.

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