Ruh-roh! Is it time for your pet to go on a diet? If you live in Pennsylvania, the answer is probably yes.
According to Veterinarians.org, America’s “plumpest pets” are found in Pennsylvania!
Veterinarians.org conducted a survey of over 2,400 pet owners in the United States. In September 2021, once they reported their dog’s breed and current weight, it was then compared to the AKC’s recommended weight chart for each breed. When the results came back, the Pennsylvania pooches were the most overweight.
Something many of us probably haven’t considered: We weren’t the only ones gaining weight during the pandemic — our pets were too.
It makes sense if you think about it. We were home with our pets all day working from home. We fell into bad habits of overeating out of boredom, and our dogs and cats were there to pick up leftovers from that pizza crust you left on the table, that piece of orange chicken you threw at them, a fry you fed them under the table. Our weight gain had a ripple effect.
This survey is specific to dogs, but it could just as well apply to cats. Believe me, it’s not something I’m above. My cat Luna also had issues with being overweight, and as much as I hate to admit it, it was my fault! But only because it was my first cat and I could have done more research. I was feeding her way too much food. It took about a year, but with advice from my vet, I was able to get her back to a healthy weight! Yeah, for a while she hated me for putting her on a stricter diet, but I would do it again.
Consult your veterinarian to make sure your animal is not dangerously Overweight. The healthier, the better!
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