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Get Off Your Butt, Work Out with Your Mutt
Get Off Your Butt, Work Out with Your Mutt


(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

K9Fit Club, the nation's leader in canine and human fitness, is reaching out to pet owners across the country, asking them to Get Off Your Butt and Work Out with Your Mutt to raise awareness for National Pet Obesity Day on Oct. 8, and help their pets achieve wellness and greater vitality.

"K9 Fit Club aims to change lives, one dog at a time," explains Tricia Montgomery, founder and president of K9 Fit Club. "Excess weight for dogs brings on numerous health risks, with obesity playing a role in decreased life expectancy. It's time to regard pet obesity as the epidemic it really is, and for pet owners to use their passion and take action. K9 Fit Club is committed to making this change."

Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM and founder and president of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), also urges pet owners to fight against pet obesity. "A 2013 APOP study found that 52.6 percent of dogs and 57.6 percent of cats were overweight," said Ward, who serves as an advisor to K9 Fit Club. "A host of preventable diseases are directly linked to obesity in pets." 

Adds Montgomery, "My hope is that pet owners take the opportunity to contribute to the better health of our pets."

— PRNewswire

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)



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