Today is October 13, National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.
It’s a day dedicated to raising awareness about the obesity pandemic in the pet world. Pets are bigger than ever, and it’s starting to seriously affect their health.
Pets that are obese develop many health issues. Their kidneys don’t function well, they are more likely to get arthritis, suffer from diabetes, and sometimes even develop cancer. Obese pets, in general, live shorter lives.
The fact that 51% of adult pet dogs are obese — and the situation is similar with cats — shows how serious the situation is. Additionally, one of the most common causes of death in hamsters is obesity, because it leads to diabetes and heart attacks.
So, if you suspect that your pet is overweight, it’s recommended that you visit your veterinarian. They can identify if there actually is a problem, and they can create a weight loss program that can help your pet.
There are a few more things you can do to prevent obesity and other health problems:
- Feed your pet quality food suited to their needs. For example, if your pet is a dog, they need food with a lot of quality veggies and some protein. Your cat on the other hand needs food with a lot of protein and no carbs.
- Don’t overfeed your pet. Even though you might buy top-quality food, your pet doesn’t need more than recommended.
- Encourage them to be physically active. If you own a dog or a cat, you should take them for walks and get them plenty of toys. For less active pets, such as hamsters, you can buy them more toys to play with.
So, for this National Pet Obesity Day, take care of your own pet, and spread awareness. One less obese pet is one less life lost before its time.