Beach Bodies for Pets
As we reminisce about our successful summer diets before the autumn chill sets in, we sometimes forget about the dietary health of our pets.
According to Dr. Betsy King of Power Road Animal Hospital, she notices weight change among her furry patients as a byproduct of the intense seasonal heat.
“I notice many of our patients put on a bit of weight due to decreased exercising outside,” Dr. King said. Even in an air conditioned veterinary hospital, Dr. King said dog and cat body temperatures can go a few degrees higher than normal. Pets are thus limited on how much time they can exercise outdoors due to the heat.
More than half of dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight according to a recent survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. In an effort to offset weight gain caused by lack of exercise, pet owners are becoming more concerned about the nutritional value of pet food they purchase.
The FDA and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) regulate the bare minimum nutrient levels for food. Finding the right food, however, can still be tough due to misleading claims and confusing calorie measurements.
Great tips on WebMD.com can get you started in finding the right cat food and/or dog food. Otherwise, try out some of these toys on your animals to burn some fat along with TechNiche’s body cooling products for dogs.
Got any other suggestions for giving your pets washboard abs before the end of the summer? Please share your ideas below!
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