Getting your pet back into its skinny collar - It's a walk in the park, for both of you Saint John NB

According to Statistics Canada, 36 percent of Canadians are overweight and according to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), 35 percen ...

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Getting your pet back into its skinny collar - It's a walk in the park, for both of you

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(NC)-According to Statistics Canada, 36 percent of Canadians are overweight and according to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), 35 percent of Canadian pets are overweight.* Shocking statistics that clearly demonstrate poor eating and exercise habits in humans are issues that now extend into the lives of Canadian pets.

One of the obstacles pet owners need to overcome is realizing it is never too late to fix bad habits and re-train your pet. "You can definitely teach an old dog new tricks. The key lies in being consistent in your training," says Dr. Diane Frank, Veterinary Behaviourist and President-Elect, CVMA .

Instead of giving your pets treats as a reward, go for a walk or play with them. Although it may not seem like it, a treat here and a treat there adds up and a little bit of weight can turn into a big problem. In fact, an extra eight pounds on a pet is like an extra thirty pounds on a human**.

Obesity can lead to several health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and more. Much like humans, a pet's weight is managed by eating proper nutritional food and exercising regularly. This will enrich their quality of life and minimize health risks.

The first step in choosing the right food is visiting the veterinarian to determine a pet's specific needs. Many pet foods on the market claim to be designed for weight control but in reality, it is important to know what you are buying. Hill's Prescription Diet® and Science Diet® weight control pet foods, for example, are designed to aid in weight loss and weight maintenance and meet the strict light food standards outlined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

• Dry formulas must not exceed 3,100 kcal (canine formulas) and 3,250 kcal (feline formulas) per kilogram of food, while canned formulas must not exceed 900 kcal (canine formulas) and 950 kcal (feline formulas) per kilogram of food.

Exercise is also very important in maintaining a pet's weight. According to the CVMA, dogs need approximately 15-20 minutes of exercise at least three times a day, and cats need the same amount of activity twice a day.

For more information please visit www.petfitness.ca and www.animalhealthcare.ca.

Credit: www.newscanada.com