A new study has found that half of the pets in the US and Europe are overweight. HALF! Yup, that means that some of you are looking at your chubby puppies and fat cats and thinking, “No, not you! You’re perfect just the way you are.” Unfortunately, as much as we love a chunky, squishy pet by our side, there’s a very good chance that the extra weight is leading to serious health risks and a shortened life span.

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Obesity health problems

The study was conducted by childhood obesity expert Robert A. Pretlow and a veterinarian from the Netherlands, R.J. Corbee. Not surprisingly, they found very similar correlations between childhood obesity and pet obesity. The problem lies with the “parents.” Children, just like our pets, aren’t going to pass up a treat, and that is where most obesity problems begin. Before you know it, you’re looking at diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and cancer.

You don’t have to buy your pets love with treats

Hugs and kisses, long walks, and lazy afternoons on the couch are all your pet needs to feel unconditional love. You don’t have to fill them with treats. We’re not saying you can never give your pet a treat – of course, you can! But you have to limit the amount of treats you feed your pet.

You also need to check the types of treats you give your pets just like you would with your kids, like giving them raisins instead of Raisinettes. When you are treating your pet, make sure they aren’t filled with sugar and other products, but keep treats as natural, raw, and organic as possible.

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Kisses and playtime are all your pets need to feel unconditional love.

Pet withdrawal symptoms

If you’re guilty of over-treating and feeding your pet, don’t make excuses; just start changing your behavior immediately. You’ll have to be strong, dealing with some withdrawal symptoms from your pet who may act up a bit in the beginning. However, knowing that the change will greatly improve their quality of life, as well as increase their lifespan, should be enough motivation to keep going until your pet is over their sugar cravings and starts to enjoy their new healthy raw food lifestyle.