06 Feb '12, 3pm

Most American Pets are Too Fat

Most American Pets are Too Fat

Fifty-four percent of dogs and cats are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention . That’s 93 million dogs and cats, if their estimate is accurate. Excess weight can shorten a pet’s life by 2.5 years said a veterinarian who works in North Carolina. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis and some cancers are related to excessive weight in dogs and cats. One of the reasons dogs become overweight is people feeding them table scraps and junk food. Also dog treats are given too often. “No one would sit down and drink six sodas at one time, yet that’s exactly what we’re doing when we give our pets these snacks. Even a single, small dog bone treat given to a 10-pound dog is no different than a person eating two chocolate doughnuts. The truth is, we rarely stop at one dog treat. Give a few each day and you’ve fed the equivalent o...

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