With the start of the New Year, many people make their resolutions to be more active and to lose weight, but what about your pets? Did you know that January is walk your pet month and weight loss awareness month for your pets?
Walking has many benefits for both people and dogs. Studies have shown that for overweight people/dogs, a 30 minute walk, three times per week can reduce blood pressure, increase energy, improve a sense of well-being, and lower your weight by 5% and your dog’s by 15%. Daily walks help strengthen the bond between you and your pet, and they also improve socialization and physical and mental health for the both of you.
When an animal is a healthy weight, they carry about 70% of their body weight on their front legs, when they become overweight that number shifts to about 50%. That extra 20% goes to their back legs and hips and contributes to knee injuries, arthritis in both the knees and hips and general discomfort and difficulty with mobility. There are also the increased risks of heart disease and diabetes.
Check this chart from PetSmart to see where your pet is weighing in at. If you need any help determining if your pet needs to lose weight or you need help creating their weight loss plan, please stop in or call us at (607) 336-7387!