Do you feed your pet table scraps or treats? Do you walk and play with them regularly? A new study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that 55 percent of dogs and 54 percent of cats are overweight, or 30 percent above their normal weight. Just like humans, pets can suffer serious health problems associated with obesity, like diabetes, kidney failure and cancer.
So what does a pet owner do to help their furry friend lose weight? First, the animal’s diet must be adjusted. The most obvious adjustment you can make to help your pet lose weight is cutting the amount of food served. But it is also critical to give your pets the proper amount of exercise. According to the article, vets recommend these daily levels: 30-45 minutes of active play or a 2-3 mile walk for large breeds, 15-30 minutes of play for small dogs and 5-15 minutes of playful “bursts of activity like chasing toys.”
We carry a variety of eco-friendly pet toys for both cats and dogs that can help your get your pet back to their recommended weight, such as:
- West Paw Twiz ($16): The newest addition to the West Paw collection, this toy floats and has a spot to hide treats inside.
- West Paw Tux Toy ($14.95): This 100% recycleable toy is soft, pliable, bouncy, nontoxic and buoyant, and comes in a three colors. It is also free of lead, cadmium, mercury, latex, natural rubber, phthalates, hormones, Bisphenol A and asbestos.
- West Paw Eco Bones ($10): Made from recycled plastic bottles, the squeeker inside will keep your dog playing for hours!
- West Paw Barn Mouse Cat Toy ($11): This cat toy contains a bell and USDA certified catnip to keep kitty entertained.
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