Every single day we have the opportunity to discuss obesity with multiple pet owners.
This morning, as I was driving to the hospital, I passed several people walking their dogs, getting life-giving exercise for themselves as well as for their pets.
I even have one family who has both cats and dogs whose cats go on their twice-daily walks with them!
Generally speaking, exercise alone won’t solve pet obesity problems. Or people obesity problems, for that matter. It takes a little tough love, measuring food allowances accurately, feeding meals on a schedule, avoiding people food, limiting treats and feeding only top-quality pet food, such as the Hills Science Diet line or Prescription Diet line, according to your pet’s doctor’s recommendations.
That said, exercise is terrific for prevention of obesity, as an adjunct to a weight-loss program, and to generate cardiopulmonary activity that improves well-being and longevity.
Besides, what better conversation-starter is there than a pet to help you get to know your neighbors as you walk near your home?
Walking. It’s good for all of us.
See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph.