An obesity epidemic is sweeping the nation, and it’s not just humans who are affected. Pets are steadily gaining weight thanks to over-feeding, excessive treats and poor-quality pet foods. Worse, many owners don’t realize that their pets are overweight, and they may be unaware of the risks extra pounds pose to their furry friends.
Like humans, animals can suffer from a wide range of medical conditions due to excessive weight. Pets can experience a wide array of ailments, including joint problems, heart disease and diabetes. These disorders may also go untreated for a long time if the owner is unaware of the signs or symptoms. Owners may think that a little extra weight makes pets look pudgy and cute, but it could be slowly killing the animal.
Fortunately, obesity can be counteracted in humans and pets alike. By focusing on a nutritionally balanced pet food and limiting treats, owners can take the first step toward improving the lives of their furry friends. Taking the time to play with a pet and provide it with plenty of physical activity and mental stimulation will help curb obesity as well. Finally, understanding what a healthy animal looks like can help owners from stopping the problem before it gets out of hand.
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