American Pet Obesity On The Rise In Recent Years
Over 50 Percent of U.S. Pets Are Currnetly Overweight
Many pet owners however, seem to be blind to the problem. According to Joe Bartges of the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine, many pet owners don't recognize that their pet is overweight. The APOP survey seems to verify this with 45 percent of pet owners assessing their pet's body weight as normal when the veterinarian assessed it to be overweight. "The disconnect between reality and what a pet parent thinks is obese makes having a conversation with their veterinarian more challenging. Many pet owners are shocked when their veterinarian informs them their pet needs to lose weight. They just don't see it." said Dr. Ernie Ward, founded of APOP.
The solutions to this epidemic are not complicated; keep pets active and feed them less. "Pets need plenty of stimulation and activity," said Todd Snively, President of Buy Wholesale Cheap. "Providing them with engaging Cat Toys or taking dogs on regular walks is essential to their health." Ward agrees: "The causes of pet and childhood obesity are largely the same: too many high-calorie foods and snacks combined with too little physical activity."
Simply opting for lower calorie treats and snacks for pets and spending quality time engaging them in fun activities such as with a Cat Scratching Post is all it takes to help make sure they have happier, healthier lives. And with many studies showing that pet ownership improves human health and longevity, that seems like a fair trade.
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