Obesity is a problem in pets as it is for humans. It is a situation that can be prevented.
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) was established in 2005 by Ernie Ward, DVM to help pet owners keep their animals healthy and trim. A competitive athlete, he works with veterinarians to find the best methods to educate the public.
It is estimated that more than half of the pet population in the United States are either overweight or obese. This situation can cause numerous physical and medical problems and will lead to a shorter life expectancy.
The prevention is quite straight forward however it is a lifestyle changing procedure. Work closely with your veterinarian.
First, a proper diet must be established. This means the correct feed for your pet and no table scraps. Table scraps were fed to hogs to fatten them up.
Next, start a regular exercise program. Of course, a dog walk twice daily. Ease games into your daily schedule like fetch or find for dogs and pull toys for cats. Start for only a few minutes at a time several times a day. As your pet becomes more fit the sessions can become longer.
Choose a sport for your pet. Cat agility is a new competition and there are area enthusiasts. Contact the Cat Doctor for more information or check out the Cat Fanciers Association and Bay View Bark has regular events for dogs.
Keeping your pet trim and healthy will do the same for you.