How to Prevent Pet Obesity

How to Prevent Pet Obesity

May 03

Obesity is one of the biggest problems that our pet dogs are facing today. Although nowadays the lifespan of pets have become longer than they were a century before, the threat of unhealthy food and chronic diseases has slowly put our dogs’ health in danger. It is essential for pet owners to understand how dangerous the threat of obesity is to their pets, and how they can help their pets avoid the risks that obesity causes.

Obesity has long been considered as a huge contributory factor to other diseases and complications. With obesity on the rise (with 52.5 percent of dogs, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention), there has also been a rise of the cases of type-2 diabetes, as well as increased risks or arthritis, high blood pressure, and other dangerous complications. Obesity in dogs has a more immediate effect of the health as compared to humans, as studies have shown that fats in animals acts as an organ which would release substances that cause inflammation and affect the dogs’ sensitivity to hormones.

Pet obesity is considered more of an owner problem, and not an animal problem, since pet owners know that their pets are at an unhealthy weight but tend to deny this important fact and look the other way, making them less interested in catering a healthier lifestyle for their dogs. Pet owners should regard the health of their dogs as a top priority. Aside from proper and balanced diet that is based on the needs of the dog, it is vital to have regular exercises for pets. For dog owners who are too busy to take out their pets for regular exercises, it would be wise to hire a dog walker. Dog exercises have been proven to help keep pets trim and fit, as well as keep them mentally alert. When you hire a dog walker, the regular exercise can help keep proper dog behavior and prevent any destructive behavior. This would make the dog happier and content, since their basic needs are being met. It is important, therefore, for the pet owner to be responsible for their pets if they want the best for them.