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Is Your Dog Portly?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 2:45pm
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According to a 2012 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats are overweight or obese. That equals 88.4 million pets!

Obesity in pets is no joke. Just like in humans, it can cause a host of health issues, including respiratory distress, orthopedic problems and arthritis, and has been shown to make dogs more prone to diabetes and compromised immune systems.

So how do you know if your dog is overweight? And what can you do to help your portly friend? Read on!

  • When determining if your pet needs to shed a few LBs, ask yourself: Does he bulge at the waist? You should be able to feel, but not see, your dog’s ribs and spine
  • Talk to your vet! Certain health conditions—such as a low thyroid level and other hormonal imbalances—can cause weight gain in dogs.
  • One of the most important steps for controlling your dog’s weight is to cut out the treats and snacks. Exercise can only accomplish so much if your pet is taking in too many calories between meals.

“If you feel you must give your dog treats, choose low-calorie options such as veggies or a piece of rice cake,” recommends the ASPCA’s Dr. Louise Murray, author of Vet Confidential. “Decide how many treats your dog will get each day, and…make sure everyone in the family understands the plan and agrees with it.”

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Karen Stegman

Even though your aarticle stated that 55 percent of cats are overweight you only had suggestions about dogs. How about some suggestions for them. There a lot of cat people out there!

Carmen rosado

i went to the AMC emergency room in Nashua Nh 168 Main Dunstable rd because my dog was sick. Find out that he had Parvo it can be a deadly disease. Well Dr. kate Rydstrom took care of us. Come to find out that I needed 3600. i didn't have that amount I only had 2000. They wouldn't treat him he was so uncomtable that he rolled up into a ball, still they wouldn,t treat him they wanted the money first. who says these people xare about animals no money no low period. i had to put down my dog not because he wouldnt make it but because of the money. He was 17 weeks old. It has destroyed the whole family. Cost us 367. Dollars. Could someone help me start an organization to help people like myself that couln't afford treatment get help. i need to be guided in the right dirextion. please Help 978 4522175 or 978 746-1762

bbp--okc---65

when u FIRST get a pet
baby or adult
they ALL require A VET VISIT
and
a series of shots/tabs etc to PREVENT
MOST illness and disease.....all cheaper than
u were asked to pay.....
the vet is in business to make $$...even
though they LOVE animals...
u must
FIRST ESTABLISH A RELATIONSHIP WITH
VET CLOSEST TO U ...OR--a pet rescue org
could
tell u about lower cost alternatives..
the economy is very bad now--
we ALL R HURTING.

b

samantha

LOL...My firend said this is the fats dog i have ever but i dont think u r love dog biiiiii!!!!!!!!!:)