Wellness Shot: A New Study Suggests Most Pets Are Overweight

Does your furry friend always beg for the last bite of table scraps? It might be time to get serious about putting the leftovers away. Pets have the same tendency to gain weight and consequences of that as humans do.

The Association for Pet Obesity surveyed more than 2,000 pet owners in 41 states and found that 60% of cats and more than 55% of dogs are overweight or obese. Experts say obesity is the single biggest threat to your pets' health and they are urging owners to work with a vet to create a weight-loss plan for their furry friends. Overweight pets run the risk of heart disease, arthritis, and shorter life span.

The easiest and most effective thing you can do for your pets is cut the calories! Here are a few suggestions you can do to help your pet;

  1. Cut down the amount of food you are giving them by 20% - 40%.
  2. Toss The Treats- The biggest culprit for weight gain in pets are treats. Most are loaded with high fat & sugar. Look for treats that have no more than 10 calories per serving. Or do what I do and give them cooked green beans, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, or apples.

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