From an article by Marla Dickerson LA Times
53% of Cats and 55% of dogs overweight acct the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention
Dr. Ernie Ward (North Carolina veterinarian) is quoted speaking in regard to this trend, “This is troubling because it means more pets will be affected by weight related diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease, costing pet owners millions in avoidable medical costs. Ward asserts the problem stems from denial of a problem and a distorted perception in the human population as to what is “normal” weight according to accepted medical and health standards. The Center for Disease Control puts two thirds of Americans overweight and half those in the category of obese.
According to the article, the answer to this problem is not to buy a bigger dog house or a girdle for your cat but to feed your furry friends responsibly (that requires getting educated) and getting them some exercise.
The thought crossed my mind that feeding your pet into obesity might just be considered cruelty. And if it is, then what would you call it when you do it to yourself or your children?
There are many problems in the world that need to be fixed; the economy of Greece, the foreclosure problem in the U.S., corporate greed, you pick one. Few of us have any individual influence in effecting a solution to these issues. However you have enormous influence over your own health outcome and that of your children and pets. Why not exercise it?