While all people who adore cats and dogs want to help animals
, Americans may be involuntarily doing more harm than good for their pets.
According to Mercury News
, the United States is facing an ever-growing rate of pet obesity, and not so surprisingly, it's their parents who are responsible.
"We confuse food with love. In the dog world, what they want most is interaction and affection. It's not a cry for food, it's a cry for attention," North Carolina veterinarian Ernie Ward told the news source.
Ward is the founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention and the author of Chow Hounds, a book released earlier this year.
The news source advises people to cut down on giving animals "guilt treats" and to beef up their daily exercise routines. The result can lead to a dog or cat having a long and fulfilling life.
Experts believe pets should get between 20 to 60 minutes of exercise every day. Staying active can also prevent the onset of heart problems and diabetes.