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Should you enlist your pet in an exercise program?

The obesity epidemic doesn’t only affect humans. Pets are just as susceptible to being overweight, so much so that major news outlets have begun to note the steady rise in unhealthy pet poundage. To combat it, some owners simply extend their pet’s activities and count their calories. Others have started to enlist their domestic companions in special pet exercise classes that are slowly gaining steam. Are these classes a good idea, or just another fad?

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As of 2019, 59.5 percent of cats and 55.8 percent of dogs in the U.S. are obese. These statistics are troubling, and many pet owners are at a loss as to how to address them. One Floridian feline—Laila—hit such an astronomical weight she could barely move properly. After consulting a vet, it was recommended Laila join a weight loss program that had her hitting the treadmill and swimming on a weekly basis. Although Laila has only lost two pounds so far, owners definitely have the option to enlist their furry children in pound-shedding classes. According to CNBC:

A walk around the block is nice. Playing fetch at a nearby park is even better, when you can find the time. But is that really enough to keep your best friend physically fit? Maybe your [pet] needs to join a gym for a more structured and intense exercise program.
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Before you sign your dog up for puppy Pilates, it may be wise to look at some alternative weight loss methods. Portioning out your pet’s food—as well as knowing what you’re putting into their bodies—could help shrink their girths. This is far simpler than forced exercise and can fit into the busy pet owner’s schedule more easily. Plus, it’s not as expensive. Additionally, factors like genetics may make it more difficult for your pet to slim down in the first place. Whatever the case, maybe pet aerobics isn’t the answer.

Not to mention, chunky pets give better cuddles. Let our four-legged companions live their lives whatever the shape and size.

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