Wellness and nutrition for our 4-legged furry friends
FOR YEARS, HEALTH EXPERTS HAVE BEEN TELLING US ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF OWNING PETS
A few years ago I took one of those "real age" tests designed by Dr. Oz. One thing he took note of was that I was currently petless (My wonderful Westie had just died and I couldn't bring myself to get another dog.) That was seen as a potential negative.
Today, 62 percent of all households in the United States own a dog or a cat. That compares to 56 percent in 1988. In 2011, pet owners spent a total of $51 billion--and that number is expected to increase this year. Of course, a big reason is there are just more pets--but, overall, they're now, more than ever, seen as part of the family.
Today, 54 percent of all dogs and cats in the United States are now classified as overweight or obese--that means their waistlines are expanding as rapidly as ours. They also suffer from stress, anxiety, sleep problems, arthritis and more.
This blog, with the advice of veterinarians and other pet experts, addresses all of those things so we can keep pets healthy, happy and safe.