Did you make a New Year's resolution this year? What about a New Year's resolution for your pet? Believe it or not, like us humans, pets have an obesity problem.
According to a press release from Nationwide, which provides pet health insurance, pet obesity is on the rise for the sixth straight year. In 2015, Nationwide members filed 1.3 million pet insurance claims for conditions and diseases related to pet obesity - equaling a sum of more than $60 million in veterinary expenses. The boost in total obesity-related claims signifies a 23 percent growth over the last three years.
"Obesity can be detrimental to the livelihood of our pets," said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide. "Pet owners need to be aware of the quality and amount of food or treats they give their furry family members. The New Year presents a perfect opportunity to create regular exercise routines for our pets and begin to effectively manage their eating habits to avoid excess weight gain."
Why not make your New Year's resolution for your pet a resolution to serve up healthy treats? I recently made a batch of frozen treats, using the Pawsome Doggie paw print mini muffin tin. These frozen treats included only wholesome ingredients:
- Greek yogurt
- pureed pumpkin
Making this frozen treat was super simple. I just layered the three ingredients in the mini muffin tin and placed them in the freezer. When my dogs wanted a treat, I would take them out, put them on a plate on the floor, and let them have at it. I limited this treat to once a day.
Here is a picture tutorial of the steps I took to make this healthy treat that fits right in with a New Year's resolution for my dogs. At the end you'll see my pup enjoying this healthy frozen treat.