Joyeux Mardi Gras, Hannah family! Yesterday, cities around the country and the world, celebrated Fat Tuesday, which marks not only the kick-off of Mardi Gras, but also, for many, the last day of eating fatty, gluttonous foods before the Lenten season, which begins with Ash Wednesday.
We’re all aware of the importance of eating healthy and avoiding, junk, fast and processed foods. But how many of us have fallen into a bad habit of feeding equally unhealthy foods to our Pets? It’s an easy trap to fall into! Low grade, fatty Pet foods with little-to-no nutritional value is much more affordable than higher grade, healthier diets. But it’s important to remember that paying a few extra bucks is a small price to pay for your Pet’s long term health and well-being.
At Hannah, we are passionate about the food we provide! Why? Because we understand that food and exercise are the two most important contributors to the long term health and well-being of our Pets.
Here are just a few facts to consider:
- Some studies have found that about 45% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. That equals 35 million dogs!
- Like in humans, obesity in Pets can lead to diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, among many other disorders and diseases, and can be deadly.
- While your Pet may not be a big eater, that doesn’t mean they are not overweight. Often, weight problems can stem from inactivity. If your Pets are sedentary, are stuck indoors all day and don’t get the exercise they require, their health could be at serious risk. A daily walk, trip to the dog park, swim or a game of fetch can make a huge difference in your Pet’s health.
- Consult with your Hannah vet! Remember, they are the experts and can tell you what your Pet’s ideal weight should be and can recommend the best feeding and exercise regimen for your furry family member.
- Free-feeding is generally considered to be the wrong way to feed a dog and can make weight loss difficult. Instead, feed your Pet 2-3 times per day and remove the food after a period of time. This will train your Pet to eat on a schedule. Combining this with a regular exercise schedule can contribute greatly to helping to maintain a healthy weight.
Do you have an overweight Pet, or do you suspect you might? Hannah will work with you to identify the feeding, exercise and lifestyle habits that will help your Pet live a long, healthy, happy life. Our TLC program provides a complete healthcare plan which includes surgeries, emergencies, preventative and dental care, medications and vaccinations. We also provide the best food for your Pet and behavioral training!
To learn more about how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.
Clackamas Town Center can be reached at (503) 905-5200 or email Francesca.Ferrucci@hannahsociety.com