According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, An Estimated 60% of Cats and 56% of Dogs in the United States
are Overweight or Obese. That’s not a typo, those are real numbers from the experts. This is why we recommend seeing your pet at least once a year and why we weigh them during each visit. Two ways we work to help you with your pet’s weight:
Life Stage Wellness Exams
Through all phases of your pet’s life, we’ll be there. This starts during their adolescent years where we’ll put a good plan in place for a lifetime of care. During their adult years, we recommend at least one wellness exam per year to make sure that everything is great with their health and they’re on a good preventative care plan. As seniors, we’ll put together a care plan that will help extend their life and help them feel their absolute best.
Your pet’s nutritional health plays a vital role in their daily life. We’ll make sure that you’re feeding them the right food for their breed and lifestyle, as well as the correct amount you should be feeding them. If your pet is having weight issues, we can help put a plan in place to get them back to feeling their best. We also work on special diets if an illness should cause their nutritional needs to change.
Of course, there are things you can be doing at home, too! We have a few tips on the importance of walking with your dog. In fact, you may reap some benefits, too!
- Walking helps to keep you and your pet healthy. Not only will you both reap the benefits of moving more (think slimmer waistlines, better blood chemistries, more efficient digestive systems, and more agile bodies), it’s been found that regular exercise also improves mental health.
- Walking can improve behavior. Perhaps you don’t need an attitude adjustment, but if your pup exhibits hyperactivity, destructive behavior, or attention-seeking behaviors, regular walks might prove to be the perfect medicine. Walking will help your dog burn off pent-up energy (if he knocks over furniture or jumps on people, he probably has pent-up energy), leading to a more relaxed demeanor and improved sleep. If your dog is chewing, digging, scratching, or excessively barking or whining, walks could help to reduce these destructive and attention-seeking behaviors.
- Walking promotes the human-animal bond and builds trust. Some of the destructive and attention-seeking behaviors mentioned above can be your pet’s way of saying, “Spend more time with me!” By heading out for a regular walk with your dog, you’ll grow the bond you share, build trust and confidence, and help to satisfy those cries for quality time.
Let us know in the comments section, how much do you walk with your dog every day? As always, contact us if there is anything we can do to help!