16 Jun '12, 7pm

40 Percent Of American Cats And Dogs Are Overweight | Care2 Causes

40 Percent Of American Cats And Dogs Are Overweight | Care2 Causes

Last February we reported that 21 percent of American pets are obese, but it seems that the numbers are quite a bit larger: according to the American Veterinary Medical Association , an enormous 40 percent of all dogs and cats in America are overweight. That’s right: it’s bad enough that around 30 percent of adults in the U.S. are obese, but now their pets are suffering from weight issues too. Obesity is one of the most common preventable health problems in pets, so why is this happening? While veterinarians are increasingly aware of this problem, a survey done by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) shows that pet owners don’t even realize that their pets are overweight. “22 percent of dog owners and 15 percent of cat owners characterized their pet as normal weight when it was actually overweight or obese,” said Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of APOP. “This is what ...

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