I’ll be the first to admit that I love a good evening at home on the couch, cuddling with Berlin and Bagheera, who perhaps, if Bagheera is lucky, are also cuddling together (check out the latest in this saga -HERE-). It’s good for our souls..but it doesn’t complete the picture.
Our days also consist of walks, play time, and other day-to-day routines. I consciously think about our purpose everyday and what can help us live this life together as long as possible.
This always comes back to our physical and mental health and how they intertwine with each other.
If I’m feeling anxious, it’s amazing what a good walk with Berlin with do for my spirits. If I’m overwhelmed, a good play time with Bagheera is sure to put a smile on my face. And I’m in tune to their needs as well, providing cuddles, activity, or sometimes even space as requested through their body language and behavior changes.
Given how our mental and physical health are connected, is it a coincidence that National Pet Obesity Awareness Day and World Mental Health Day are in the same week? I think not.
With this in mind, I wanted to share with you an alarming statistic as well as how to determine if your pet is at their ideal weight. But first, a reminder of the benefits of physical activity.
Now, before I share with you how to determine if your pet is at their ideal weight, which can be achieved through a good diet and physical activity, here is that frightening statistic:
So, how can you determine if your dog is at their ideal weight? Here are some guidelines:
If you aren’t sure if your dog (or cat) is at a healthy weight, please consult with your veterinarian.