Thursday, March 6, 2008
Medical Reports: Fit Fido
Obesity is a growing problem in the U.S., but it's not just among people. Studies say nearly 35 percent of our furry friends are overweight. Tonight, Seven's Diana Diaz shows us tips for a Fit Fido.
WSVN -- It's the unconditional love, man's best friend is always around no matter what you do or say.
Maria: "He is the baby in our house, we love him. You know, he's like another little kid."
The puppy face, the look, and the begging, Maria says it may be hard to resist, but, when it comes to food, she just has to say "no more."
Maria: "He's about two pounds overweight, and that really bothers me a lot."
That would be like a human being 60 to 80 pounds overweight, and, just like us, extra pounds can lead to serious complications.
Dr. Chad Dodd: "It can lead to diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and shorten life expectancy."
Recent studies say nearly 35 percent of canines are overweight across the U.S., and that's why Hill's Pet Nutrition has teamed up with the American Veterinary Medical Association for a pet fit mobile tour.
Dr. Chad Dodd: "The idea is to have people working out with their pets."
So now you can shape-up with your fit fido. You can try push-ups, crunches and even some squats.
Dr. Chad Dodd: "A good 30 minute walk is a great way to spend some extra time with your dog and also burn some calories."
Natasha Catline makes sure to keep her dog in top shape.
Natasha Catline: "I usually take him to the dog park where he can play and interact with other dogs, you know, run around get really active."
But how do we know if our dog is overweight? Doctors say there are some easy clues.
Dr. Chad Dodd: "We run our hands down their ribs, and we are looking to make sure that we can feel the ribs."
Also, look for a small waistline.
Dr. Chad Dodd: "Make sure that they have a nice contoured waistline right where their hips meet their ribs."
And check out their profile.
Dr. Chad Dodd: "You can see where they have a little bit of a tummy tuck."
Natasha says she'll keep doing all she can for her dog.
Natasha Catline: "Rebel is my best friend, you know. I'm healthy, I want him to be healthy as well."
And Maria hopes to get back in shape with her furry friend.
Maria: "I have to take care of him, you know. It's up to us to take care of our pets."
Diana Diaz: "If you feel your pooch is overweight, experts say to visit your vet for a proper evaluation."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
PetFit Mobile Tour