Americans and their pets have a number of things in common, one of them being a propensity for abundance – in other words, in increasing numbers, we’re getting fatter. It’s no secret that as a country, we are struggling with the migration to a largely sedentary lifestyle. And our pets are struggling right along with us.
Is your dog overweight? Use the following guidelines, or better yet, talk to your veterinarian.
If your dog needs to lose a few pounds (or more) you can enter a fun new contest that kicks off today. Natural Balance is hosting a Lovable Fat Cat & Fat Dog Contest on their fan page. Simply upload a photo of your lovable fat cat or fat dog at facebook.com/NaturalBalanceFan and describe why you want to transform your pet from fat to fit.
What You Could Win
6 finalists (3 dogs and 3 cats – all chosen by Natural Balance based on pet’s need of transformation) will win a 6 month supply of Fat Dogs or Fat Cats Food & treats
2 winners (1 dog and 1 cat – chosen by fan voting on Facebook) will win the following:
- A one year’s supply of Fat Dogs or Fat Cats Formula
- An interactive pet fitness kit
- A feature of your pet on www.NaturalBalanceInc.com
- A $200 VISA gift card to spend on your pet
The deadline for entry is May 7. From May 9 – May 15, 3 dog and 3 cat finalists will be announced, and there will be a one week voting period for the winner of each class. On May 21, winners will be announced (1 dog and 1 cat).
What are the health risks of obesity?
Obesity can lead to, or exacerbate, cardiovascular disease, constipation (especially in cats), skin disease, insulin resistance leading to diabetes, joint stress leading to painful osteoarthritis and reduced mobility and is associated with lower urinary tract disease, urinary incontinence and bladder stones. Obesity can also increase anesthetic risk and can shorten a pet’s expected life span.
Visit http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/signs-of-pet-obesity.aspx to determine your pet’s overall Body Condition Score and learn more about weight management options.