Arizona Humane Society President and CEO, Dr. Steven Hansen Talks Pet Obesity - Your Life A to Z on 3TV   In recent years, pet obesity has become a major issue in the U.S. An estimated 50 percent of dogs and 60 percent of cats are obese. Pets who are overweight face an increased chance of life-threatening ailments such as heart disease, liver failure and joint damage.   Controlling pet obesity revolves around three principles: portion control, food selection and exercise. Owners of obese pets should speak to their veterinarian as soon as possible. They will be able to provide education on proper portions, diet options and exercise routines that uniquely fit your pet's needs. For those who do not have their own veterinarian, the Arizona Humane Society offers a wide variety of affordable veterinary services. For more information, call our clinic below:   Margaret McAllister Brock Veterinary Clinic 1521 W. Dobbins Road Phoenix, AZ 85041 Driving Directions 602.997.7585 Ext. 4000

Signs your pet may be overweight:

- No clear waistline - Sits with rear legs to the side - Easily overexerted

Healthy treats and foods for dogs:

- Apples - Green beans - Canned pumpkin puree - White rice - Chicken broth - Small pieces of plain baked or boiled chicken

Avoid these weight-gaining and dangerous foods for dogs:

- Fatty scraps - Processed fast food: beef, chicken, buns, french fries, etc. - Onions and garlic - Grapes - Chocolate - Avocado - Bread dough - Macadamia nuts - Drinking alcohol (beer, wine, vodka, etc.)
October 9, 2014