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Maybe you’ve noticed. The dogs you meet appear chunkier than they used to be, and many cats seem positively pudgy. It’s not your imagination. According to Dr. Ernie Ward, lead researcher of the 2009 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study, 34 million dogs and 54 million cats are overweight. That’s about half of all our pets!
Owners get carried away with good behavior treats – and so do our pets. Dr. Ward suggests that dog and cat treats are to blame, pointing out that to a 40 pound dog, a premium pig ear is equivalent to a six pack of 12-ounce sodas. That’s a lot of calories!
Does this collar make me look fat? Okay, your dog doesn’t have a self-esteem issue, but overweight dogs face the same sort of health challenges that overweight humans do. Obese dogs and cats don’t live as long as fit dogs and cats. They’re more susceptible to illnesses like arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes and many forms of cancer. The Biggest Loser Contest can help your pet jump start healthy habits….and that might even jump start your own healthy habits.
What’s the Biggest Loser Contest all about? It’s a contest where pets come in once a month for a simple weight check. Each month, we calculate the percentage of body weight lost. The patient with the highest percentage lost wins a great goodie bag with treats, free products and valuable coupons for free grooming services. Besides your pet’s excess weight, what do you have to lose?
How do I begin with my pet? Just as you shouldn’t begin a diet or exercise program without consulting your family physician, you should consult your vet before your pet begins a special diet or exercise program. Start with an assessment. Is your pet at a healthy weight? Are there any medical conditions like thyroid problems or heart and liver disease causing the weight gain? What do you need to do first? One of the Town N Country veterinarians can answer these questions for you.
How much exercise is right? It’s advised that a dog needs 20 to 30 minutes of good aerobic activity daily. Think brisk walks…not meandering strolls. If your pet isn’t used to walking this way, it’s good to start slowly with 5 or 10 minutes of activity and gradually increase the time as he becomes accustomed to his fit stride.
The Biggest Loser Contest can make your pet a winner! Starting good healthy habits today means happier, healthier pets tomorrow. And every month, some lucky critter will win a great goodie bag as extra incentive. Contact us today at Town N Country Animal Hospital and book your pet’s initial assessment.