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We all packed on
those extra pounds during the holidays and now it’s time to shed
that extra baggage the way German Shepherds shed their coats in
the summertime. We all know that America is suffering from an
obesity epidemic. Somehow this epidemic—along with all of its
accompanying health risks—is affecting our pet population as
In the mid 90's, studies showed that 15% of pets were
overweight. Now it's a whopping 40%! This does not bode well. As
we know from television, radio, newspapers and magazines, those
extra pounds are not ideal … not for us and not for our pets.
Our pets’ growing waistlines can contribute to numerous health
issues. Let’s face it, a trim pet is more likely to live a
longer, healthier and happier life !!!
So let's explore
this. Does this increase in pet obesity have to do with some
spiritual connection between pets and humanity? Or is it
something more tangible? This much is true: animals are awesome
copy cats (excuse the pun!). According to a study published in
Journal of Nutrition, dogs of overweight owners are nearly three
times more likely to be overweight themselves. The same is
probably true for cats as well.
the Human-Animal Bond Be a Bad Thing?
We at HealthyPetNet champion the
human-animal bond. We believe that a strong emotional bond
between pet and parent is healthy for both parties on many
levels …physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological. But,
can the human-animal bond be an unhealthy thing for pets? After
all, if you're a couch potato, chances are your pet may be a
couch potato as well. Sitting together on the couch for hours on
end, watching television and stuffing your faces with snacks and
treats is promoting the sedentary lifestyle for you and your
Our pets are our mirrors; they are
chiseled and molded by our household's habits. They embody our
lifestyles, our decisions, our dreams. On a more spiritual
level, they can even reflect our health. Dr. Jane recalls when
she was suffering from severe asthma years ago. At the time, she
had a cat that she was very close to and, out of nowhere, the
cat developed asthma as well!
So as we rummage through our brains
for our New Year's resolutions, let's keep our pets in mind and
turn the human-animal bond back into the positive thing it was
meant to be.
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Dr. Jane Bicks
|First and foremost,
Dr. Jane is the ultimate pet person. She shares her life
with a dog, a goat, two horses, a monkey, and two cats. Her
pets are her family and she is dedicated to their health and
happiness. Dr. Jane knows you feel the same way about your
pets and she has devoted her life to the health and wellness
of our precious companions.
Dr. Jane is a highly respected and nationally recognized
holistic veterinarian. She is the author of three national
books on pet care and nutrition and has served on
professional boards including the Cornell Feline Health
Center. Dr. Jane is responsible for HealthyPetNet's
product formulation and development.
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