While everyone’s getting in shape with their summer workouts, we’re over here trying to balance the endless burgers, ice cream, and glasses of rosé with our own workouts. But what about your dogs? Have you checked in on your pup’s health? Well, it might be time to weigh in.
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According to a recent study of over 2.5 million dogs and 50,000 cats, the state with the most overweight cats and dogs has been determined.
But before we get to that…
Did you know that 41% of our pups are overweight? And our feline friends aren’t doing too much better, at 46%. Meowza! Over the last ten years, a research company called Banfield tracked weight gain in dogs and cats. What they found was absolutely shocking.
They tracked a 158% increase in weight for dogs and 169% for cats (better think twice about giving your puppy that second treat). Overall, one-third of dogs and cats in the United States are either obese or overweight.
With numbers like these, it’s hard to ignore the fact that you might have a pup that is overweight, in your own home! Obesity and weight gain can lead to various health complications, like joint and muscle pain, decreased energy, and a shortened lifespan. It’s not only bad news for your pet, but your wallet too, as procedures at the vet can be extremely costly.
So, what’s the culprit? How do you stop your pet from becoming overweight?
According to a spokesperson for Banfield, the most common mistake that pet owners make is giving their pet too many treats. Teaching Fido how to sit, stay, or roll over requires a reward (usually in the form of a tasty treat!), but make sure that you’re not giving your pup too many treats. Try breaking big treats into smaller ones and giving your pup a bite sized munch in training (we know it’s hard, especially with those puppy dog eyes!).
Other causes could be your dog’s diet. Just like people, different dogs require different foods, and some dogs process the fats in their foods differently. If you’re worried about your dog’s diet, it’s best to check with your vet to see which combination is the best. Not all dog foods are made the same!
And now, it’s time to reveal the states with the most overweight pets:
6: New Mexico
And taking the number one spot with the fattest dog is *drumroll please*:
The state is home to 56,088 dogs, with their average lifespan being 12.2 years. The most common pet breed in this state is a Labrador Retriever, and the most used name in Minnesota is Bella. Minnesota, it’s time to get your dog in shape!
Do you have any tips to help keep your pets in shape? Let us know in the comments! And make sure to sign up for our newsletter to get the best of doggy news delivered right to your inbox.