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Ten Health Tips for Your Pet's Well-being
Families, Health, Pets
Ten Health Tips for Your Pet's Well-being


(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Over 50 percent of pets are considered overweight or obese, with numbers climbing steadily. Just as with people, pet obesity has become an epidemic in the U.S.  

Dr. Mark Verdino, Animal League America Vice President and Chief of Veterinary Staff states, "The most common cause for obesity in animals is over-feeding and lack of exercise. In this regard, most overweight animals can easily be put on a path to lose weight."  

In honor of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day (Oct. 8), North Shore Animal League America shared some important pet health tips for you to incorporate into your four-legged family member's life:

• Have your pet evaluated by a veterinarian to develop a plan for healthy living.  Unchecked obesity in pets can lead to debilitating diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer and more. 

• We love to snack, and so do our pets. Although satisfying, unhealthy snacking can put on a couple of unnecessary pounds. Avoid feeding snacks and table scraps to your cat or dog.

• Exercise with your pet. From running an errand to going for a jog, take your dog with you. Exercise is quite essential for your pet's health as it increases strength and longevity.

• Wellness through water. Water is key for digesting food and will help your pet's body absorb important nutrients. Make sure your pet's bowl is filled with clean, clear water on a daily basis.

• Feed on a schedule. Avoid accidental overfeeding by sticking to your pet's recommended daily feeding guide. 

• While preparing and cooking your own meals, it is best to keep your pet in another room. 

• Make sure additional food is not just lying around as it will only encourage your pet to eat more than his/her daily diet suggests.

• If you are going away, make sure to leave clear diet/feeding instructions with the person who will be looking after your pet.

• If you have more than one pet, feed them separately.

• When purchasing pet food, look for the words "complete and balanced nutrition" on the label. Consult with your veterinarian for more information regarding your pet's specific diet.

While Pet Obesity Awareness Day is designed to bring awareness to this issue, appropriate feeding and exercise every day is needed to solve it!

— PRNewswire

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)

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