|5075 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-526-2033 Fax: 214-526-2036
Wellness Center Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-12pm
Country Retreat Drop-off Only: Monday through Saturday 8-10am
Country Retreat Pick-up Hours: Mon 12-3pm or 4-6pm, or Tue-Fri 3-6pm, or Sat 10am-12pm
Some Unhealthy Truths
Pet obesity has become a leading cause of preventable disease and death in dogs and cats. 45% of dogs and 58% of cats in the US are overweight or obese.
The primary causes of pet obesity are high calorie diet, carbohydrate based foods, and decreased activity.
Major health problems tied to obesity in dogs/ cats include arthritis, back problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cruciate ligament injury, skin disease, and respiratory problems. Weight related disorders in pets not only cause unnecessary suffering, but also cost owners millions of dollars each year.
An overweight dog/cat is unlikely to reach its optimal life expectancy. Dogs have an average lifespan of 12 years, but research shows that fit pets live approximately 15% longer than overweight pets. That's a difference of 2 years!
Exercise strengthens bone and muscle mass, improves mental health, reduces stress, helps the body remove toxins and waste, enhances metabolic health and improves heart and lung functions as well as slows the aging process.