Thursday, January 3, 2008
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Angela Speed
(414) 431-6104 email@example.com
Have an Uninvited Guest at the Dinner Table?
Just Say No! Tips to Keep Your Animal Companions Healthy, Trim and Sugar-free
MILWAUKEE – It seems like over the centuries, dogs have mastered “The Look” into a fine art form that crushes the heart of even the strongest guardian. Once eye contact is made, you’ll often find your-self surrendering by flinging a delicious ricotta-stuffed tortellini into the air to watch your furry pal catch it mid-air. While dogs are notorious for using “The Look,” cats can certainly put on quite a performance for a mere taste of your cream cheese, too.
Most people are guilty of sneaking their animal a quick bite and unfortunately, it can be the beginning of severe health problems. 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. Table scraps are also a leading cause of digestive problems.
The Wisconsin Humane Society would like to remind guardians of the following tips to keep their animals trim, healthy and off the table!
• Do it cold turkey: Stop feeding table scraps to your little beggar. Now.
• Establish a feeding schedule and stick with it. It is also suggested that you discuss the
schedule with your veterinarian to determine appropriate portions.
• Talk with your veterinarian about a healthy diet for your animals. He or she can
recommend nutritious foods that don’t contain a lot of fillers.
• There is a large normal weight range for cats and dogs due to varied body structures.
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.
• Sparky and Mr. Whiskers should receive daily exercise – walks for your pooch and playtime for your feline. When it’s really cold outside, consider bringing well-socialized dogs to “Pooch Playtime” at the Wisconsin Humane Society. Register at www.wihumane.org.
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Note: To schedule an interview regarding healthy eating habits for companion animals, contact Angela Speed at (414) 431-6104.
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