Obesity Epidemic Strikes U.S. Pets

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According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, our pets are expanding at an alarming pace.

A survey conducted by the association reveals that the majority of adult dogs and cats in U.S. homes are overweight, and the rate of obesity has accelerated in just the past year. Fifty-three percent of adult dogs and fifty-five percent of cats were found to be as overweight or obese by their veterinarians.

Survey results were collected from 41 veterinary clinics across the country, encompassing a sampling of more than 600 pets. “Over the five years studied, these results have proven to be consistent and increasing at a gradual pace,” the association said.

Kim Stevens is one of tens of millions of Americans struggling to keep their pets healthy. Her dog Dodger is clinically obese. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention says that unfortunately, Dodger’s struggle against weight gain is one that the majority of US pets will face at some point in their lives.

4 thoughts on “Obesity Epidemic Strikes U.S. Pets”

  1. Gee, do you think it might be because of the feeding instructions on the bag or can? Every single one I’ve ever seen has gone way over the amount necessary to keep a dog or cat healthy – WAY over.

    Ask your vet how much your pet should eat, not the pet food company.

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    • Alternatively, it could be because people try to feed carnivores out of bags and cans. Neither of my raw and homemade food-fed dogs are overweight.

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      • Dogs aren’t carnivores, they are omnivores. If you don’t know that homemade dog food needs MUCH more than just meat, you should not be making the meals yourself.

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  2. We have 3 dogs, and we feed them a raw diet of meat, fish and vegetables. I use a scale to portion their meals, and take them for walks. They are healthy and at the right weight. We just had to learn how much to properly feed them, and then only use treats that are healthy like carrots apples. It is not hard once you get the hang of it. I am hoping that because they are not overweight, that I can have them with me for a longer amount of time.

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