Oradell Mayor Diane Camilo Didio Proclaimed October Hounds Losing Pounds Month
Hounds Losing Pounds, a month-long pet obesity awareness program sponsored by Pet’s Best Friend NJ, a local pet services company, sought to educate pet owners about the need for increased fitness levels and proper nutrition for pets in Bergen county. The program encouraged owners to embark on a weight loss program with the help of their veterinarian to lose an appropriate percentage of weight before the winter weather limited time spent outdoors.
Oradell Mayor Diane Camilio proclaimed the month of October “Hounds Losing Pounds” month officially starting the competition and the River Dell High School posted fliers along with area vets and grooming specialists to encourage awareness of the program. The mayor saw the competition as a great opportunity not only for pets but owners as well stating “I commend Pet’s Best Friend NJ on their creativity and resolve to keep pet owners enlightened and pets on their way to optimal health.”
“Improving the quality of life of our pets is important to me personally and professionally,” said Hounds Losing Pounds organizer Chris Rago, who is owner of Pet’s Best Friend NJ. “As a pet fitness specialist, I see many unnecessary health issues creating a poor quality of life for adult dogs, many of which could be remedied or prevented with a healthy diet and good fitness regimen. A daily brisk walk of 30 minutes is ideal for smaller dogs and I recommend twice that for large breeds. That good physical outlet, whether provided by a family member or a dog walking professional, combined with good hydration and a diet suited to age, breed and fitness level, will keep dogs fit and calm.”
According to Matthew Krupnick, DVM at Englewood Hospital and the official vet of the competition, “Hounds Losing Pounds encouraged pet owners to become a closer pack by investing themselves in their pet’s fitness and nutrition. Increasing daily fitness levels and reducing high calorie treats are a winning combination for pet owners to prevent and curb pet obesity. It’s never too late to start helping your dog lead a healthier life.”
Chris Rago encourages all pet owners to visit the Pet’s Best Friend NJ’s Facebook page to gain more information on how to keep your dog healthy and also to keep a lookout for updates on future Pet’s Best Friend NJ events.
About Pet’s Best Friend NJ
Founded in 2007, Oradell, NJ-based Pet’s Best Friend NJ, www.petsbestfriendnj.com , a division of Doggy Deuce Removal Services, offers 24/7/365 dog walking, customized fitness programs for dogs of all ages, pet sitting and vet tech visits. To reach owner Chris Rago, please call (201) 663-1879.