Steamboat Springs may have plenty of healthy humans but many resident pets are horribly out of shape. According to Veterinarians from Steamboat Veterinary Hospital and Pet Kare Clinic up to half of the dogs and cats they see are overweight.
Dr. Natalia Stiff, a veterinarian at Steamboat Veterinary Hospital told steamboattoday.com, “I would say between 40 and 50 percent of the dogs I see are overweight.”
“Stiff said that it’s an owner’s responsibility to take control of their pet’s weight, by adjusting feeding and increasing exercise, particularly in the winter when pets are less active.”
Dr. Stiff is encouraging Steamboat Spring’s pet owners to provide more exercise opportunities for their dogs and cats. “A simple walk with your dog benefits both the owner and the dog,” Stiff told steamboattoday.com.
Stiff said owners of dogs should take them on more walks and that you can use a laser pointer or play other games indoors to encourage cats to move around.
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