Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Extra Treats Can Equal Extra Weight For Your Pet - #PetObesity

Each year, obesity in humans, dogs and cats rises in numbers.

In fact, did you know? -
In the U.S, around 52.7% of dogs are obese? And our feline friends are ranging in the 57.9% area. I don't know about you, but to me those numbers are alarming. So why exactly are these numbers climbing so much each year? Why are our pets becoming obese and/or overweight? There really isn't one right answer, rather several different answers. Everything from over-feeding and giving far too many treats, to health problems, or lack of exercise.
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"Hey human - lay off the treats, i'm getting pretty meaty over here!"

Too many treats.
When we train our dogs, we give treats. When we are spending time with our cats, we give them treats. When we are at the counter making dinner, we give the pets some treats, when we are eating our dinner, we feed the dog some table scraps, when we have company over, our pets get extra treats. All of that sounds harmless right? Wrong. That one extra treat a day, or those few extra treats in a week can make a huge impact on your pets health and well being.

Lets face it, pet obesity can be a killer. There is no way around it. It makes me sad, and literally makes me cringe when I see a pet who is SO overweight, that they are having a hard time getting around, or even just playing as a normal, healthy pet would. Take a look at these infographics, created by Petco.com.

Extra Treats Can Equal Extra Weight For Your Pet - #PetObesity

Extra Treats Can Equal Extra Weight For Your Pet - #PetObesity

Pet Obesity


Some of you may be wondering...
"how am I suppose to use positive treat training methods if I have to cut back on using treats?"

You don't have to cut back on treats, period. You simply need to feed healthier treats. Think of it like you would think of yourself, and your snacks. If you eat 3 or 4 donuts per day, every day, you are bound to put on some extra pounds. BUT - if you munch on some carrots, or low calorie snacks, you are much better off, right? Your pet is the same! Take some time, do your research, and find some tasty, healthy treats to substitute for the unhealthy ones.

Take a look at a couple more info-graphics, and useful information from Petco, here.


12 comments:

  1. We are always so upset when we see overweight pets and they are everywhere! People need to learn to show love without using food and they need to realize treats are like ice cream or cookies for humans. You can't keep eating them and not cut back on the regular food somewhat. A sad state of affairs, really.

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  2. Those are some great infographics. I am guilty of giving too many treats and not cutting back on their food. Nellie is the only one that needs to loose weight but she is old and she needs some extra treats.

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  3. Great advice. I am lucky that both my dogs are ideal weight. We have found the right balance of exercise and treats. It helps Phod's favourite treat is fetch! Let's hope this winter isn't as nasty as last one (where they both put on a little weight!)

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  4. Great information and infographs. I pinned them. ☺

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  5. Mom really tries to be careful how many treats we get, but poor Ciara also has trouble with her weight because of her medicines. Hard to cut back on that.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  6. I have never had to worry about Miss Cocoa having too much food. She isn't food motivated at all and will even say no to a treat if she isn't hungry. I don't even understand!!

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  7. Great information - I like the infographs! I don't think we can emphasize enough to people how important keeping your pets at a healthy weight is. I have to keep after my sisters all the time about their pets! But they at least finally started listening to me and got their overweight pets to lose some weight. I swear to you - some people just can't see it!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  8. Good info! We don't get a lot of treats. The mom usually uses part of the dry food we get and uses it as treats for us. She's always watching our waistlines. :)

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  9. Great info! I use the dogs' meals to train with. They're working, and there's no added food!

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  10. I think the push to use treats to control pet behavior also contributes to obesity.

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  11. I'm loving these Info graphics, I will definitely Pin them. You're so right, go easy on the treats & give pets more exercise! Phoebe loves carrots, & they both love sweet potato & pumpkin. You had a great recipe for sweet potato chips awile back. You should post a link to it here!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  12. I'm loving these Info graphics, I will definitely Pin them. You're so right, go easy on the treats & give pets more exercise! Phoebe loves carrots, & they both love sweet potato & pumpkin. You had a great recipe for sweet potato chips awile back. You should post a link to it here!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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