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Pet Weight Loss: Making 2017 the Best Year ever for Your Pet
Many of us start a new year with a list of resolutions aimed at improving our health. We ponder lofty goals, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, and finally reading War and Peace. But, how about considering a new approach to your pet’s health and wellness alongside your own aspirations?
With the obesity epidemic on the rise among both pets and people, it’s more important now than ever to take a discerning look at your pet’s weight. Making a commitment to pet weight loss this year may not only add years to your pet’s life, but can also make those years more enjoyable for him or her.
The beginning of 2017 is the perfect time to work out the kinks in your pet’s wellness routine and give him or her the gift of health and vitality!
Extra Weight Means Extra Health Concerns
Over half of all pet dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. Overweight pets face many of the same serious health risks as overweight humans, including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Joint pain
- Certain forms of cancer
Studies have shown that keeping your pet at an ideal weight can increase his or her lifespan by two to three years.
Pet Weight Loss Doesn’t Have to Be a Battle
Get your pet in tiptop shape with the following ideas:
- Less is more – The basis for weight loss comes down to burning more calories than you consume. A high quality diet, portion control, and limiting or eliminating treats can help your pet maintain a healthy weight.
- Make it fun – Tired of the same old walk through the neighborhood? Chances are your pet is, too. Make things fun and interesting by exploring new walking or hiking trails, parks, and other pet-friendly areas. Get creative with indoor cat play; laser pointer variations like FroliCat and a crumpled paper bag tossed down the hallway will give kitty a solid workout.
- Continuing education – Agility training is a wonderful way for active dogs to burn calories and challenge their minds. Even something as simple as a basic obedience course can be a workout for both you and your pet, and will deepen the bond you share.
- There’s an app for that – Fitness apps and gadgets for pets, such as FitBark, PetPace, and Map My Dog Walk, make sticking to your pet’s fitness goals a snap.
Beyond the Calorie Burn
Oftentimes, the biggest obstacle when it comes to pet weight loss is the pet owner! We love our pets, and it’s so easy to give in to a puppy or kitty who begs so sweetly for a bite of dinner or an extra treat. Before you begin your pet’s new diet and exercise routine, make sure you are fully committed to spending the time and energy on this important aspect of your pet’s health.
Your pet’s wellness is our top priority. Don’t hesitate to contact the team at Rocklin Ranch with your questions and concerns. We’re here for you and your pet every step of the way!