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National Pet Obesity Day is an annual awareness event aimed at shedding light on the growing concern of pet obesity and its implications, including diabetes, joint problems, heart disease, and a decreased overall quality of life. With a staggering number of pets around the world classified as overweight or obese, this observance serves as a reminder for pet owners to prioritize their animals’ health and well-being.

Obesity in pets is often the result of a combination of factors, including overfeeding, lack of exercise, and poor dietary choices. The day emphasizes the importance of a balanced diet and regular physical activity for pets to maintain a healthy weight.

Opt for a healthier choice when treating your pet! Instead of store-bought treats loaded with calories, consider giving them fresh veggies. Carrots, green beans, bell peppers, cucumbers, and sweet potatoes make excellent alternatives that are low in calories and packed with essential nutrients. Show your furry friend some love by offering wholesome, crunchy veggies – a delicious and nutritious way to reward them!

Ultimately, we want to strive to create a healthier, happier future for pets by promoting the significance of weight management and overall well-being.

Use the following chart as a way to gauge your pet’s body condition. If you have questions or concerns please contact us to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian.

Christina Esparza, DVM

Brooke Tran, DVM