In the United States of America, its citizens are facing a major crisis: more than two out of every three adults in the country are considered overweight or obese. This problem is causing a rise in major health problems for humans across the country. A new study has found that an increasing number of pets, including cats and dogs, are also facing a major health crisis.
Over one in every three dogs in the United States is now obese or overweight, according to a recent study. While a dog that is just a little on the portly side might seem cute, it is a sign of a very serious health risk for the animal. Dr. Kirk Breuninger, who led the study on dog and cat obesity, says that obesity in animals such as cats and dogs primarily, has risen by 160 to 170 percent in recent years. While experts cannot be sure of the cause, many believe it is due to lack of exercise, over feeding animals with too much food, and overall the changing attitudes we have toward our animals like pet dogs.
This change in attitude is a good thing, however. Many more people consider their dogs to be members of the family and treat them as such. This means that people often shower their pets with love and affection and way too much food and entirely too many treats as well. However, carrying around extra weight can lead to shorter lives and major health issues for dogs. Many overweight or obese dogs have heart disease, diabetes, and can even develop arthritis.
There are many ways you can ensure your pet is a correct weight by speaking with your veterinarian. They can suggest a feeding program, proper number of treats to give your dog, and make recommendations for incorporating exercise into their daily routine.