The majority of American pets are overweight.
A recent study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) estimates that 52.7% of dogs are overweight or obese. Meanwhile cats fare even worse with 57.9% who are overweight or obese.
The APOP has been monitoring this worrisome trend for eight years, and the numbers on the scales continue to increase.
In the United Kingdom, pets are experiencing a similar weight gain as ones across the pond.
Currently, one in three dogs, carry extra pounds. That’s approximately 2.5 million K-9s. One in four UK cats are overweight which totals more than two million cats.
Nearly 50% of pets are overweight or obese in Europe. Like in other regions, owners don’t acknowledge or accept that a pet is above their ideal weight. Owners needs to admit it and then commit to focusing on reducing the animal’s weight.
Regardless of where a pet is in the world, extra pounds make our furry loved ones more susceptible to:
- diabetes (type 2)
- high blood pressure
- heart and respiratory disease
- kidney disease
- Many forms of cancer
- Lowered life expectancy (by up to 2.5 years)
If we want to keep our beloved critters in our lives as long as possible, it’s important that we help them maintain a healthy weight.