Pet Obesity Awareness Day | Caring for your Critter

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Caring-For-Critters2-200Today we are joining the Caring for Critters Round Robin and writing about one of the more serious and invasive pet health issues around – Obesity.
 
I know this isn’t a new topic for us to cover, we write about nutrition, health, fitness and exercise almost everyday, so why the special post today?
 
Today, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) is conducting their annual Pet Obesity Awareness Survey. APOP is one of the sole sources of data and statistics on this growing epidemic and we fully support their efforts to monitor the issue and raise awareness among pet owners, and more importantly, among veterinarians.
 

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The survey appears to be for veterinarians only, but you can look at the survey and assess your own dog yourself. The survey is here.
 
In addition to reviewing the survey, we’ve collected a variety of our favorite posts on fighting pet obesity. Bookmark this for future use or share with anyone you know who has an overweight pup.
 
Pet Obesity Readings:
 
What should YOUR Breed of dog weigh?
Helping Your Pudgy Pooch Back To Slim and Trim
5 Tips to Help Your Dog Shed Weight (not hair)
Pet obesity: Tips on how to avoid killing your dog
SlimDoggy Fit Tips #1
Tips for Keeping Your Dog Fit and Slim: Infographic #2
Exercise Alternatives for Senior Dogs
How Much Should I Feed My Dog
Your Dog Can’t Out Exercise a Poor Diet
Blog the Change: How can YOU Help Fight Pet Obesity?
Cardio Exercises for Your Dog

Be sure and visit the Caring for Critters Community page for an excellent collection of health, illness & injury related posts. Yesterday’s post in the Round Robin was from Heart Like a Dog and discussed Elevated Liver Values ~ Delilah’s Story, tomorrow’s post from Destiny’s Dog Blog will cover Canine urinary tract health.
 
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  1. Thanks for the link to the survey! I’m going to participate later this morning. Pet obesity is such a sad, unnecessary health risk for our pets. I’m glad APOP is doing these surveys to raise awareness of the issue. I do what I can to keep my 3 at a reasonable, healthy weight. Poor Callie has enough to deal with just with the arthritis, and now the torn ACL in her left knee, without having to deal with obesity as well. Shadow and Ducky are both at good, but not ideal weights, but we’re working on changing that — getting them both to ideal weights.
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  2. thanks for a great post! I will follow the links to read more and to learn more. I’m glad we turned the corner and Easy lost some lbs.
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  3. Hmmm….never knew this was today! Thanks!
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  4. Thank you for letting us know about this day. Even know I work at a Vet clinic I never heard of this day so thanks for sharing. Heading over to fill out the survey.
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  5. Thank you for adding this to the Caring for Critters Round Robin. We can stop so many potential diseases just by monitoring out pet’s weight and choosing the right foods for them. You may pay more for quality food, but you will pay less in vet expenses. 🙂

    I also love how you’ve added your favorite posts on obesity, it’s a great resource. 🙂
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  6. Great post! Just wanted to let you know that the link to my page doesn’t connect to anything. Also, I covered dog dementia in my last round robin post; the one tomorrow will cover canine urinary tract health (http://destinysdogblog.com). Thanks! 🙂
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  7. You guys have posted lots of great content on the subject, so it’s great to have an index here. Will definitely share with friends who have questions where to start.

  8. Definitely going to participate in this survey. Pet obesity is such an unnecessary health risk. Simply keeping your dog at a healthy weight can add many years of health and happiness to their life.
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  9. When I saw this on my calendar I immediately thought of you! I knew you were going to write something so I was super doodle duper excited to see this post. Thanks! Harley’s weight is great, but I am always fascinated with learning how to maintain his weight especially as he gets older, nice job Slimdoggy 🙂

  10. We will have to look into the survey.
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  11. Thank you for sharing information about this issue and the survey. I know pet obesity is a big problem.
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  12. Good information.
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