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.