Sometimes I am the bearer of bad news and today is one of those days.
October, although full of fun and delightful things, is also Pet Obesity Awareness Month. Yes, okay, it can be cutest thing to see a pup with some pudge, but it's not so healthy as it is adorable!
To further your great concern about this issue (which it SHOULD be a concern, PEOPLE), Washington is seventh in having the most obese dogs in America...which when you think about it it's strange because I think Washingtonians are pretty outdoorsy creatures, no? Anyways, according to Banfield's 2017 State of Our Pets Health, 34 percent of Washington dogs are considered overweight or obese. Time to stop feeding them those bits of food under the table!
Banfield went on to chronicle the Top 5 Conditions doggos in our state are at risk for:
- Dental Calculus
- Otitlis Externa, Medical
- Nuclear Sclerosis
And the most common breeds these appear in:
- Labrador Retriever
- Shih Tzu
- German Shepherd
- Pit Bull
Let's keep an eye out on the health of our furry friends, shall we? Here's a good place to put our list of best dog parks in the city...
For more information visit Banfield's study online.