For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Direct: (414) 431-6104
Your Furry Friend with Kindness
– It's a daily routine – Whiskers jumps
on your lap and looks at you lovingly. You know
that look – she is requesting your table food scraps.
Sound familiar? While most people mean well when
they feed their companion animal leftover food,
they are actually killing their animal with kindness.
Animals who are overfed – and in turn become overweight
– are more at risk for diabetes and arthritis as
well as skin, respiratory and urinary problems.
Wisconsin Humane Society would like to remind guardians
who allow a companion animal to become grossly obese
can diminish their life expectancy. The following
tips are recommended:
Talk with your veterinarian about a
healthy diet for your beloved animal. He or she
can recommend nutritious animal food that doesn't
contain a lot of fillers.
Establish a feeding schedule and stick
with it. It is also suggested that you discuss the
schedule with your veterinarian to ensure you are
not feeding Fido too much food.
Because of varied body structure there
is a large “normal” weight range for cats and dogs.
When gently stroking your animal, you should not
be able to feel the ribs and backbone. However,
if you press lightly you should be able to feel
both ribs and backbone.
If you believe your animal is overweight,
consult your veterinarian to assist in designing
a weight loss program specific to your companion
animal's individual needs.
Spunky and Peaches should receive daily
exercise – walks for your pooch and playtime for
To schedule an interview regarding obesity in
animals, contact Michele Tegen (Dec. 28-30) at (414)