According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 60% of cats and 56% of dogs are obese.
Those are some plus size statics for our pets.
Veterinarian Alan Garett from the Everhart Animal Hospital says about 25% of his four-legged patients are overweight.
Animal experts also say obesity can lead to serious health complications such as diabetes, respiratory and thyroid issues.
For some pet owners that reality, can be a hard pill to swallow.
“People don’t want to hear it, but we have to talk about it, my job is to educate my clients to avoid health issues down the road,” says Dr. Garett.
Here are some tips on how you can help your pets walk down the road to fitness.
Vets say give your pet a playmate, your pet is able to lose more calories in the company of others.
Also, limit the number of treats and if you know you will be gone for a long period of time making adjustments to your schedule to exercise with your pet.