The Epidemic of Overweight Pets
Obesity in humans is classified as having a BMI over 30. However, in pets the definition of obesity is having a body weight at least 20% over their optimal body weight. Weight is a sensitive subject, something that many people are uncomfortable talking about or just sometimes outright ignore. However, this is a serious issue as more and more people are becoming heavier as well as their pets.
Over half the dogs and cats around the world are struggling with weight. Obesity in animals can cause complications in health the same as it does in humans. Animals can complications with their body experiencing conditions from diabetes to osteoarthritis. Being overweight can also affect the lifespan of your beloved pet. Overweight Labradors lived 1.8 years less then Labradors that were of healthy weight. Humans are part of the big reason that our pets are overweight. From contributing factors of higher calorie foods, insufficient exercise, and genetics they all play a role in weight gain.
To fix this issue both owner and pet need to work together. The relationship between pet owner and pet is very deep, emotionally and psychologically much like that of a family member. Pet owners need to show less love to their pets through food. Pet owners can change their bad habits of overindulging their pet and find new methods of expressing love for their pets. Slowly but surely obesity can be treated allowing both pets and pet owners to spend more time together.
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