According to a survey from the Association for Pet Obesity Awareness (APOP):
- 54% of our dogs and cats (that makes 88.4 million!) are overweight!
- 53% of adult dogs are overweight
- 55% of adult cats are overweigh
- Percentages are SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER than last year’s survey results
- 2011-->24.9 % of adult cats and 21.4% of adult dogs were overweight
What this survey tells us:
- More owners are unaware!
- 22% of dog owners and 15% of cat owners considered their pets to be ‘normal’, when they were in fact overweight
- “We’ve made fat pets the new normal”!
Obesity negatively affects ALL body systems; It’s associated with hormonal and metabolic changes, along with the additional accumulation of adipose (fat) tissue that can be problematic all by itself.
Diseases caused/exacerbated by extra body weight:
- Type 2 Diabetes (weight loss can = reversal!)
- High blood pressure
- Breathing problems (especially in brachycephalic dogs like pugs and bulldogs)
- Kidney disease
- Shortened life expectancy
- Heart disease
- Cancers—especially intra-abdominal types
- Heavy pets interact with their families less and are aren’t as playful
- Their lethargy can mask illnesses—can be shrugged off as their “normal laziness”
- Obese cats are 4 times more likely to develop diabetes!
Please visit the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention website for more information!
PREVENTION is much easier than treatment!!