New Social Media Network Wants to Help Obese Pets Lose Weight

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
Pet obesity is on the rise- could social networking be the answer our four-legged besties need?

For the last seven years, pet obesity has been on the constant rise. The numbers of overweight pets are growing, and the statistics have everybody worried: furry friends that have a few extra pounds are more likely to be affected by severe diseases and can have a much shorter lifespan. Looking for a sustainable solution for this issue has become a matter of urgency, and a new social network hopes their method will help pet pawrents with obese furballs.

Not unlike it is the case with their owners, pets who struggle with excess weight are highly likely to do so because of an unhealthy diet and a predominantly sedentary lifestyle. The pounds tend to come quickly, but when it comes to losing that extra fluff… Your four-legged companion might have a harder time getting back to their optimal weight than you’d expect. CareCorrals, an interactive web tool that acts as a virtual community, hopes to make the process of losing weight easier for your pet by modifying the behavior of the owner; or to be precise, motivating you to change the patterns and habits that might have caused your pet’s obesity or contributed to it. How does that work in practice?

Your CareCorral is an online community that is invite-only, which means you’ll be choosing which family members and friends you want to include in your pet’s weight loss journey. The idea is that, essentially, it takes a village to get the best results, but it’s not only about having a supportive community. It’s about having discipline and being accountable, too. Your selected peeps can add stories, pictures, and other memories of your pet to show their support, and get involved in the process by offering help when it’s needed, like taking your pet for a walk or picking up their new kibble. They can do so because they’ll have access to your furbaby’s calendar, where you can log their exercise schedule and meal plan, as well as any other details you want them to see- everything is customizable.

CareCorall communities can be adapted to fit any chronic illness, and it’s not only about pets who have obesity issues. This social network of sorts wants to promote connectedness for pet parents and holistic healing for pets who need it through positive lifestyle change.

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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