Nicer weather is here and it’s time to get outside and move. We all know the saying “a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest stays at rest.” Well, we’ve been resting plenty during this very cold winter and now it’s time to enjoy nice weather and exercise. And that applies to your dogs as well. I recently read a funny statement. “If your dog is overweight, you aren’t getting enough exercise.” After a moment of contemplation I realized just how true that statement can be. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case with Chance and me. She was always fit and the perfect weight. Me…well, let’s just say, I had my moments.
I read in an article on WebMD/Pets that 45% of all pets in the U.S. are obese. Obesity in your pet can lead to arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease…same as us. Getting your pet to his or her normal weight can add up to 2 years to their life. You can find out what your pet’s ideal weight should be from your vet.
But how do you get your pet to lose weight? Great question!
- You can start by measuring food portions and controlling feeding times. Don’t leave food out all day.
- Check with your vet to make sure you are feeding your pet the proper food for their age, size and breed.
- Aside from walking your dog, take some time to play with your pet. Cats too. It’s a great way to bond and the exercise is great for you as well.
These are just a few ideas on how to help get your pet back to a healthy weight. For more information ask your vet or check out http://www.pets.webmd.com. It’s a great resource for just about any health question you may have about your pets.
Enjoy your summer!!!