Obesity is an issue in America that rises almost to an epidemic level. While obese people have the option of going to Atkins, or even having gastric bypass surgery or gastric band surgery to shrink their stomachs, obese dogs and cats do not have this luxury.
Obese dogs and cats may not be unaware that they are even obese, and can simply enjoy eating a wonderful variety of foods that their owners put in front of them, unaware of the physical problems that this buffet of excess food can cause them. Dog owners just want to make their dogs happy out of love, may be unaware of the potential harms that can be caused by overfeeding their dogs and creating an obese companion animal.
Wednesday October 11, 2017 is the National Pet Obesity Day. This day is intended to make sure dog owners are aware of the problems associated with dog’s obesity, and that they have the tools and skills necessary to solve the problem that harms their dogs.
On National Pet Obesity Day, many organizations, like the SPCA and Humane Society, offer workshops and different classes in their local areas. These educational events are designed to teach the public about the dangers of obesity in companion animals and to help people learn how to help their dog lose weight and keep it off.
There are innumerable risks associated with dog obesity that people are taught about on National Pet Obesity Day. Being overweight even slightly can have a detrimental effect on your dog. An animal that weighs only 20 or 30 pounds is 10% overweight if they have even two or three pounds of extra weight in them.
This excessive poundage can cause many potentially serious and deadly diseases and taxes the joints, ligaments, and organs of the animal.