Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2017's Biggest Pet Health Threat

   Every year people resolve to lose weight and exercise more. I can’t remember a year when it wasn’t on my list of things to do better. It will be a goal again this year…after my New Year’s Day dinner of black-eyed peas, cabbage and ham. Some traditions are just too important to overlook.
   This year, instead of joining a gym or going on an unsustainable diet, why not pledge to move more with your dog? Obesity in dogs has reached epidemic proportions with 53.8% of them being overweight or obese. According to Petplan Veterinary Advisory Board member and founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, Dr. Ernie Ward, “It’s no surprise that the biggest health threat to pets in 2017 is obesity.”
   I shared how Bentley and Pierre have been able to maintain their ideal weight last week in “How My Dogs Lost Weight with Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-Bowl.”  It is suggested that 30 minutes of play each day will keep those extra pounds away. Having an overweight pup is not only costing you money in food and treats, according to Petplan, it is will cost you more in veterinary bills.

   Today we are lighting a candle for Easy Weimaraner as he makes his way home one last time. We also want to remember all of the wonderful four-legged friends that we lost in 2016. God bless each of you.



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23 comments :

  1. Da mommas are plannin on walkin us more dis year - we already got in a long walk today!

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  2. I like this way... it's better than a gym... and while we lose some lbs we win something too... time together :o) thanks for the candle of love for our boy...

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  3. Our mom and dad love our walkies as much as we do!

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  4. We live in a boot camp here. Mom doesn't want any overweight pets in our house...well, cat bro Bert is an exception, but that is a whole different story and he has lost a lot of weight and is not that heavy anymore. Working out is so fun together!

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  5. Great info graphic! I'm so glad easy is coming home!!!! Peace buddy

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  6. That's a great resolution. Walking and playing with your dog is way more fun than going to the gym!

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  7. If I'm gonna sweat, I'd much rather do it with my BFF than some stranger in a leotard. With days getting progressively longer, I am looking forward to more time spent outside walking with the fur-kids. ღ

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  8. Just keep telling mom it's all muscle
    Lily & Edward

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  9. Mom makes sure I get exercise outside if the weather permits or inside when we have to. She thinks she's helping me, but I am also helping her. Plus she weighs me every week!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  10. I heard somewhere that if your dog is overweight, then YOU are not getting enough exercise!

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  11. Oh we love our black eye peas and ham/pork here too on New Year's Day and we add a few collards.
    Easy was one of a kin for sure.
    Hugs madi and mom

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  12. It is hard this time of year when the temps are so cold and we have so much snow. My goal is to get more fit so maybe Mabel and I can think about doing agility training in addition to Rally & Obedience.
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & mabel

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  13. We all need more exercise here! We sure do miss the fun Easy guy.

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  14. Mom has to have lentils on New Year's Day.

    We're lighting a candle today for Easy and for all our friends who have gone to the Bridge this year.

    The Florida Furkids

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  15. We want the mom to play with us more...that should help keep our weight down.

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  16. I never really thought about the financial impact of obesity in pets. But you're right. All that extra chow can add up to a huge vet bill! Good reason to keep those little pup feet moving.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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  17. Good post on an often overlooked issue for hoomans and animals! Thanks for helping us all light the way for Easy and others.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  18. That is a great way to commit to your goal! I've heard that it is always easier when you get a friend involved.:) Weight loss is definitely on my list too (just like every year). I guess I'm going to have to teach my kitties to walk with me!
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  19. When Luke joined our family I started spending far more time outdoors playing with all of the dogs. It didn't just benefit them, it benefited me as well! We're all in better shape these days.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  20. What a great post, I strive to get each pup out for at least one walk a day!


    --Blogville is bathed in candlelight and love this evening!

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  21. Such an important message. It's so similar to us humans. I wish I could be as disciplined with myself as I am with the Boys. PAWhaps I shall try for 2017

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  22. Oh, Ma has me on a diet too! Butts I've lost four pounds! Yuppers! everyone seems happy, butts I wants some cookies....hey, you gots any???? ☺
    Such a lovely tribute to our pal Easy....Blogville is bright today guiding him home
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  23. I am one of all those people you say I will walk and move more... :)
    All the candles for Easy. Easy is helping us find new friends!

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