In a surprising new study released by Banfield Hospital, the largest veterinary practice in Portland, Oregon, man’s best friend is following in the footsteps of man, and becoming obese. The weight in dogs has increased by 37 percent since 2007, and an astonishing 90 percent in cats.
To combat this problem, Tufts University has opened one of the first pet obesity clinics in Grafton, Massachusetts where you can haul your canine in for treatment. The clinic will measure your pet’s eating habits and evaluated its muscle condition, nutrition, activity, and health risks.
According to the Los Angeles Times, owners must be very careful of the types of food that they are feeding their pets, often various pet foods range in calories from 200 to over 400 calories per cup, and can add unnecessary pounds. Veternarian Dr. Deborah E. Linder, says calorie reduction is the primary solution to this problem. She also advises owners to impart lessons on their pet.
“Begging isn’t necessarily begging for food. It’s begging for attention, for that interaction — and there are so many ways owners can interact with pets to give them the attention they crave to increase the bond but not increase the calories.”
Much can be said that in a society where Americans are overwhelmingly obese, that our pets are becoming the same. Yikes.
What do you think about obese pets? Would you take your pet to a pet obesity clinic?