The number of overweight animals continues to rise, and along with it comes an increase in obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, joint problems and hypothyroidism, according to PetFirst Insurance. In fact, 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the U.S. are obese.
A healthy diet and exercise are still the best ways to combat health issues associated with excess weight.
“With our busy lives, it’s hard to find time to exercise ourselves – and it can be even harder for our pets, who are often home alone during work hours,” said PetFirst’s CEO, Katie Blakeley. She stresses that it’s important to find time each day to walk your dog and engage your cat in play, especially if they’re gaining weight.
On top of establishing an exercise routine, it’s vital to invest in the healthiest diet you can afford for your animal companion, and pay attention to portion control. You’ll help keep your companion at a healthy weight, save money on vet bills, and increase his longevity and quality of life.
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