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Goals aren’t just for people! The start of a new year, for many of us, signifies a fresh start and a change to better bad habits. One of America’s most common resolutions is to lose weight. Dog obesity is a nutritional disease that is defined by an excess of body fat, and it’s a prevalent issue in pets. In fact, a 2018 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) revealed that 56% of pet dogs in the US are overweight. Obesity usually occurs in middle-aged cats, and generally in those that are between the ages of 5 and 10. Cats that are over nourished, lack the ability to exercise, or that have a tendency to retain weight are at risk for becoming obese

Obesity is diagnosed by measuring the pet’s body weight and by obtaining a body condition score (BCS), which involves assessing the amount of fat on the body. There are obvious reasons why Fido and Fluffy may have packed on a few for the winter. But the flip side of that is that there may be some underlying causes of your pets obesity. Here are a few key things to keep an eye on:

There are ways to combat this growing issue amongst dogs. Here are a couple ways to help your pup get in better shape and how the Barkery is here to help!

Treating Obesity Through Diet

Treating your dog with a weight control or a weight loss supplement program can be very beneficial, if it is a matter of what your dog is eating that is an issue. Here are just a few options that the Barkery offers:

For Dogs

For Cats

Treating Obesity Through Exercise

Increasing your pet’s physical activity level is vital for successful weight loss. Try leash walking for at least 15-30 minutes, twice a day, and playing games such as fetch. It is becoming more frequent that you will see cats out for a walk even. There are plenty of ways to make your walk fun and exciting for both you and your pet. Before beginning an exercise regimen, check with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is free from obesity-related conditions that may hinder exercise, such as arthritis or heart disease. At the Barkery, we also offer a comprehensive Wellness Kit to help assess issues that your pet may or may not be having. it is a great resource to better understand your four-legged family member.

For all your pet wellness needs, stop in and see us Brookside Barkery and Bath! Don’t forget to make one of your New Year’s resolution to visit our new store in Spring 2020!