Obesity Awareness

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:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • 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!!


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