4/02/2013 12:02 PM ET |
Filed under: Health
The Association for Pet Obesity prevention have some scary numbers for pet owners!
80 million pets are too heavy!
And not only does that not look good - it is super dangerous for the pets!
Here's what the association's director said:
“It’s a silent epidemic that’s killing our pets. Obesity is increasing every year. And that’s the sad thing. We would think with education it should be decreasing."
The association recorded a survey that showed that 53 percent of dogs are overweight, and 58 percent of cats are obese. Those are some BIG numbers for some LARGE pets!
There are ways for pet owners to help their furry loved ones, though!
To begin with, the director had advice on what owners should for meal time. He said:
“It’s better let’s say to feed a pet two meals a day as opposed to one meal a day. One large meal doesn’t help them lose weight. Two meals or three meals does. Just that alone is a significant change.”
Hey, that's easy!
If pet owners just become more aware - they should be able to significantly lengthen their pets' lives.
Wouldn't that be nice!!
[Image via Wikimedia Commons.]
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