Pet Obesity rising in the West

Featured on Episode 11

 

Our companion animals are getting fat. This trend of cats and dogs gaining unhealthy amounts of weight is happening all across the Western world.

Here’s where we’re at:
 

Canada
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association estimates that 60% of pets in Canada are overweight or obese. It’s believed that pet weight gain is caused by animals getting fed too much.

According to Canada’s 2011 Pet Wellness Report only 18% of Canadian pet owners are feeding their companion animals the suggested daily amounts.

To top it off, pets aren’t getting ample playtime and/or walks.

 

USA
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.

 

UK
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.

 

Europe
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:

  • osteoarthritis
  • 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.