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October 9th is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.

Each year, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) conducts a pet nutrition and weight management survey pet owners and veterinary professionals to complete. This survey is used to help advocate against the growing pet obesity trend and improve pet nutrition. In 2018 alone, their survey estimated 56% of dogs and 60% of cats in the United States were obese or overweight.

Click here to participate in APOP’s 2019 pet obesity survey

When it comes to pet obesity, Brookside Barkery is passionate about educating Kansas City pet owners to make the right nutrition choices for their pets. There’s much more to pet obesity than just being plump and out of shape – a number of related diseases and conditions can occur when cats and dogs are overweight. These include, but are not limited to:

• Cancer
• Diabetes
• Heart Conditions
• Chronic Inflammation
• Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders
• Kidney Disfunction
• Strained Bones, Joints & Organs

Not only do all of these diseases and conditions lead to a diminished quality of life, but they ultimately lead to reduced life expectancy.

Think your pet may be on the road to obesity? Consult the resources offered by APOP – including easy to use at-home body condition tests or schedule a visit with your vet. Also, be sure to give your pup the daily exercise needed to stay in shape.

At Brookside Barkery, our mission is “Better Health through Better Nutrition” and our goal is to provide the most up-to-date holistic health information to our patrons. Our driving passion is helping owners provide only the best for their animal companion. To help fulfill that mission, we offer the largest selection of natural pet food in Kansas City. Stop by the Barkery in Brookside or Lee’s Summit to learn more.