In America, more than half of the adult population is overweight or obese, and, out of the 68.2 million dogs in America, over half are overweight or obese. It seems not only are we becoming a nation of couch potatoes and bad habits, so are our dogs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third – or 38.7 percent – of U.S. adults are obese, leaving us at risk for hypertension, heart disease, stroke and other issues.
“Pudgy pooches and fat cats are now the norm.” states Dr. Ernie Ward, Founder and President of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). “This is the first generation of pets that will not live as long as their parents. Even worse, the majority of today’s overweight pets will endure painful and expensive medical conditions – all of which can be avoided.”
K9 Fit Club isnow working to reverse this trend by with a nationwide community dedicated to health, fitness and wellness.
The health risks associated with overweight and obese dog and owners:
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- High cholesterol
- Respiratory disease
- Skin disease
- Increased surgical complications
- Decreased life expectancy
Tricia Montgomery, Founder and CEOofK9 Fit Club states, “Not only have both dogs and owners become a nation of couch potatoes, we want a quick fix for everything. From pills to the latest “new & improved program” or the “magic” gimmick to suddenly lose weight and get in shape” The simple solution and the key for both is combining both nutrition and exercise, eat in moderation, eat healthier and exercise. Taking that first step is the key to you and your dog’s success. A little bit of something, is better than a whole lot of nothing.”
Montgomery, who is also a certified personal trainer, also says, “Exercise is better when done together, your best workout partner is your dog. They will never cancel on you and they will never complain. Any opportunity to do something, especially, fitness and activity related with you is great for your dog. Dogs are a barometer for our emotions and our abilities. If you’re having a bad day, your dog is having a bad day. If you are working out and including your dog, your mood, health and stamina improves, the same is true for your dog.”
In celebration of the New Year, K9 Fit Club is asking you to commit to get fit and take an honest look at both you and your dog. If you thinkyour dog may be overweight or obese, please schedule an appointment with a veterinarian today.
As with any aspect of you and your dog’s health, you should consult with your doctor and veterinarian before you both engage in a new fitness routine.
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