There has been much discussion over the past decade about the “type” of diet Americans have compared to other parts of the world.
As a country, we have grown to love big portions and tend to believe “it’s just not enough food!” Well, not only are humans on the list of obesity… dogs are too!
People tend to feed their dogs a ton of scraps because we love our dogs! We only want to make them love us more and we tend to do this by giving them more and more food… that they truly do not need. Personally, I do this myself and I have seen the damaging affects it has done to my dogs.
“March 9, 2010. In the US, over 45% of dogs and 58% of cats are now estimated to be overweight or obese according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). The third annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study, conducted in October 2009, found that from 2007 to 2009, the number of overweight dogs and cats increased by 2% and 5%, respectively.
Pet obesity is now the biggest health threat to pets in the US,” states lead researcher Dr. Ernie Ward. “The costs of obesity in illness and injury make it the number one medical issue seen in today’s veterinary hospitals.” – http://www.petobesityprevention.com/pet-obesity-grow-in-us/
According to the study, 6.7 million dogs are estimated to be obese and 34.9 million overweight!!
If you check out my previous blog — “Food’s dogs should never eat”, is a helpful guide to reverse any foods that are more harmful for your dog!
You can also save money and time by not feeding your dog bad foods and exercising them on a regular schedule!