Wednesday, October 9, 2013
National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
Today is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
. Below is a news release with tips and pointers on keeping your dogs fit and active from Camp Bow Wow
CEO and founder Heidi Ganahl:
Identify and Prevent Obesity
Signs to indicate your pet is overweight
- Pet tires easily
- Difficulty getting up
- Visually, there is a lack of a waist line and you are unable to feel the ribs of your pet easily
- Breathing problems
- High blood pressure
- Hair coat problems
Tips for readers to get in shape with their pets
Examples of human foods that can quickly lead to pet obesity
- Invite a neighbor dog (one that likes to play) to come over for a “play-date” to make them more active
- Take your dog on a hike –great cardio and muscle-building activity for both pet and owner
- Take your dog to pet friendly stores with you for extra exercise
- Sign up for a run/walk (5K) that allows pets, so you are able to stay active with your furry friend
- Cut down on treats for your dog and feed responsibly; count calories
- Consult with your local vet on nutrition
- Keep your pet active and set responsible goals that will become a daily routine
- Snacks like potato chips and ice cream, or more commonly cheese and peanut butter (which are frequently used to conceal medicines) are quick ways to pack on the pounds
- A lot of products and diets are marketed and available for pets, which can help ameliorate obesity
- Some dog food companies are following “prepackaged” and “measured” systems, which help to avoid over-feeding, as well as appetite suppressant products
Benefits of Socializing Pets
- Physical exercise keeps dogs from displaying behavior problems that dogs who don’t get exercise tend to display, like chewing, digging, excessive barking, etc.
- Just like humans need friends, so do dogs. They need a core social group of other dogs to interact with - especially if they are an “only” dog at home.
- A tired dog is a good dog! Camp wears the dogs out from all of the stimulation that they get (both mental and physical), so parents get to bring home a nice, tired pup at the end of the day.
- Keeping your dog socialized will help keep dogs from displaying serious behavior issues like aggression toward other dogs or people.
- Getting dogs out of the house on a frequent basis helps stimulate them mentally. Dogs need as much mental stimulation as they do physical stimulation to keep them happy and healthy.
- For parents that have longer work hours and don’t have as much time to walk their dogs as they would like to, camp gives the parents a great way to give their dog the benefits of interacting with other dogs and people instead of leaving them at home.
Labels: pet health, pet obesity