There Is a Pet Epidemic In America, 54% Of Dogs Are Overweight.
Pet owners are over-feeding their pets. It is important not let our animal companions become overweight for many reasons.
Some of the dangers of overweight pets are:
- Cardiac arrest-high blood pressure
- Digestive disorders- gas, constipation, runny stool
- Liver issues
- Compromised immune system
- Hard time breathing
- Herniated discs
- Joint skeletal problems
How to know if you pet is overweight?
Pat the sides of your dog or cat. You should be able to feel their ribs and spine with your hands. You should not feel any fat pad on their sides and no sagging stomach.
What do to if you pet is overweight:
- Exercise: It seems like common sense right? I know many people who NEVER take their dogs outside of their home at all. Dogs need to walk, smell, and get sunlight. It is very important to emotional and physical well being. Put yourself in their paws and Imagine being in a house or yard your whole life and never getting out?
- Diet- Never free feed your pets and or over -feed. Ditch commercial pet foods and kibbles, give your dog a raw omnivorous diet that can includes veggies, leafy greens, and fruits. We need to get back to feeding our pets how they would be eating in the wild. Remember, ALL kibbles are dead cooked foods lacking enzymes and nutrients your pets need to thrive. Even the “so called high quality holistic pet foods” contain a mish mash of ingredients that are hard to digest and assimilate. Dogs need a diet with proper food combinations without fillers like corn, soy, wheat, by- products, potatoes, rice that are in many pet products today.
- Add mono fruits and raw or cooked veggies to your dogs diet: Many dogs like veggies and greens like spinach, bok choy, kale, green beans etc. Just make sure to pulverize or chop the veggies as small as possible for optimal digestion or steam. People feeding their dogs nothing but a pure protein diet (grain free kibble brands) daily leads to potentially serious health issues, especially to a dog’s kidneys. Cats on the other hand are true Carnivores and need a high protein intake. Dog’s liver and kidneys can become overworked with a diet heavy with fat over time. Mix it up during the week. Dogs can eat secondary foods like fruits and veggies and eliminating meat on certain days of the week and adding these other foods will not only give them a variety but they will have less health issues and vet bills in the long run.
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