A recent research study conducted by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) offers a troubling snapshot of the state of animal health and wellness in Canada. For example:

• Fewer than two in 10 (18%) animal guardians feed their dogs or cats the amount recommended on pet food packages, and only 17% closely review ingredient information.

• On an average weekday, animal guardians spend nearly twice as much time surfing the internet (48 minutes) and three times as much time watching TV (79 minutes) as they do playing with/exercising their animals (25 minutes).

Educating clients about the importance of diet and exercise is one important way to help improve these numbers.