Alison Sweeney of the popular reality show, The Biggest Loser, has decided to take on obesity in dogs after a visit to the veterinarian from which she learned that her Boston Terrier was overweight.
Similar to the human population, obesity is becoming a growing problem among our pets as well. According to the Reuters article:
Five extra pounds on a medium-sized dog is the equivalent of nearly 20 pounds on an average size woman, according to Hill’s Pet Nutrition, which produces the Science Diet Weight Loss System that combines pre-portioned meals with biscuits.
Two extra pounds on a smaller breed, such as a Chihuahua, is the equivalent of nearly 60 pounds.
Feeding table scraps is a huge factor in pet obesity. We often fail to realize that a piece of food that seems like a small bite to us may actually be a big, fatty snack to our pet. A great step in the right direction is to eliminate ‘people food’ and measure your pet’s daily meals according to the food bag or your veterinarian’s recommendation.
So is your pet going to take on The Biggest Loser challenge?