Holiday season is upon us and as we indulge in tasty treats it seems like a good time to think about maintaining a healthy weight for everyone in the family. One of the most important things you can do for your pet’s overall well being is to maintain a healthy weight. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates that in 2014 more than half of dogs and cats in the United States were considered overweight or obese. Of those surveyed 28.1% of cats were actually obese with a body condition score of 5/5 – that is one big kitty!

Pet Obesity Shortens Lives
Pet Obesity

The staggering statistics of overweight pets

Obesity takes its toll on both pets and people leading to joint disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and a shorten life span. Purina completed a study in Labrador retrievers spanning fourteen years that showed dogs kept at a lean body weight lived on average almost two years longer than their overweight counterparts. In my opinion our pets don’t live long enough at all, but here is a simple way to extend the precious time we have with them.

Hopefully I have convinced you how vitally important it is for your pet’s health to maintain a lean body weight. Now the more difficult task of actually helping your pet lose the weight and maintain his new svelte figure begins.

PetTrax is focused on helping to make pet obesity a thing of the past. Check out their RightBite pet feeder and PetTrax Mobile and sign up to their email list for product updates and announcements. PetTrax will help you to keep your pets on a proper diet so that they maintain a healthy weight.

Stay tuned next week for more tips and tricks to get your pet to the ideal body condition.

Ashley Gallagher, DVM

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