National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is celebrated by all pet owners who care about the health of their pets. Trying to give their four-legged companion only the best and in sufficient quantities, pet owners unintentionally bring them to obesity. Being overweight can be detrimental to any being, as it causes a number of health problems and shortens lifespan.
Primitive people domesticated wild cats and dogs for a long time, they were also engaged in breeding to develop popular decorative breeds. And only in the last few decades, animal rights activists have noticed that most animal species have a number of congenital diseases or disease propensities. Because of this, cats and dogs are no longer able to survive in the wild, and need human care and special dietary nutrition.
Pet obesity is a problem that the Association for the Prevention of Pet Obesity is fighting. According to them, in the US, about 49 million dogs and more than 50 million cats have symptoms of obesity. In the future, excess weight may well lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and a significant reduction in life expectancy.
On the occasion of this national day, let us recall the following important facts:
- since 1998, the Guinness Book of Records has stopped awarding records to heavy pets so that the owners stop overfeeding them for the title;
- according to the Association for the Prevention of Obesity in Pets, since 2011, obesity among pets has become a mass phenomenon and already resembled an epidemic;
- in 2013, the fattest dog in the world, Obi, who weighed 77 pounds, was able to lose 50 pounds.
How to celebrate
If your pet touches with its plumpness, this does not mean that it is completely healthy – you should definitely take chubby animals for examination to veterinarians. It is a specialist doctor who will help you choose the right diet for your four-legged friend, thanks to which the animal will feel better. The main purpose of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is to motivate pet owners to learn how to properly feed their pet and how to avoid obesity.
When is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day celebrated in 2022?
National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is observed on the second Wednesday in October each year.