Interview with Dr. Lara Sypniewski
Obesity is an epidemic in our country, for us and for our pets.
When it comes right down to it, obesity comes from consuming more calories than we need to be healthy.
In our society we often view food as love, and as we become more sedentary so do our pets. It’s easier to give your dog a snack than to take them on a walk. The danger is that we are loving our pets to death.
Obese dogs live two years less than dogs of normal body condition. They also develop arthritis three years earlier. So by feeding our pets more than they need, we cause them to live shorter lives and suffer with chronic, unrelenting arthritis pain.
Our pets are just like us, and being trim starts with what we put in our mouths. Provide your pet with the correct diet, in the amount that is appropriate for their body mass, and don’t give additional treats. When you really think about it, taking your dog for a walk shows more love than giving them excessive food that hurts them.
Consult your veterinarian to determine what is best for your pet’s health. Help your pet live a longer, healthier life by keeping it fit and trim, and don’t forget to show yourself that same love.