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Are Your Pets Overweight? It’s National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

By Lyndsay Marvin

Did you know today is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day? On October 12, 2016, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) will conduct the Tenth Annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day survey.

Pet obesity is a serious problem in America. An estimated 53.8% of US dogs are overweight or obese (BCS 4-5), and an estimated 58.2% of US cats are overweight or obese (BCS 4-5). Obesity in pets can cause type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, and many forms of cancer. It can also decrease life expectancy by 2.5 years (and we definitely don’t want that!).

Approximately 65% of US households own at least one pet. That’s 79.7 million homes (source: 2016 APPA). In addition, 68% of adult Americans are overweight or obese, which is approximately 148 million people (source: 2015 CDC). There seems to be a pattern.

Here are a few facts:

  • 41.9 million US dogs are estimated to be overweight or obese
  • 26.1 million US dogs are estimated to be overweight (BCS 4)
  • 15.7 million US dogs are estimated to be obese (BCS 5)
    (based on 77.8 million US dogs - 2016 APPA)
  • An estimated 20.2% of US dogs are obese (BCS 5)
  • 49.9 million US cats are estimated to be overweight or obese (BCS 4-5)
  • 23.7 million US cats are estimated to be overweight (BCS 4)
  • 26.2 million US cats are estimated to be obese (BCS 5) (based on 85.8 million US cats - 2016 APPA)
  • An estimated 28.1% of US cats are obese (BCS 5)

All figures 2015 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.

Common overweight dogs are bulldogs, yorkies, dachshunds, and chihuahuas.

Pet obesity is serious. What are you doing to ensure your pet stays at a healthy weight?
Our recommendations are:

  • Make sure they get enough exercise (walking, running, playing).
  • Feed them healthy food (like ours!).
  • Feed them the appropriate amount of food.
  • Limit the amount of treats they receive.
  • We offer Healthy Weight Dog Formula, which you can find here.

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Statistics Source:  http://petobesityprevention.org/pet-obesity-fact-risks/

 

 

 

 

 

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