Obesity in dogs and cats is a serious problem in the United States. More than 50% of pets are either overweight or obese. To prevent obesity-related health issues like heart disease and joint deterioration, a healthy diet and exercise is necessary. For more information, refer to the infographic below or this article about weight management for pets, provided by www.vetdepot.com.
52.5% of US Dogs Overweight or Obese or approximately 36.7 million
58.3% of US Cats Overweight or Obese or approximately 43.2 million
“This is a war veterinarians, pet owners and parents must win. Obesity is the number one preventable medical condition seen in veterinary hospitals today and is the fastest growing health threat of our nation’s children. Our goal is to help pets and people live longer, healthier, and pain-free lives by maintaining a healthy weight, proper nutrition, and physical activity. The most important decision a pet owner makes each day is what they choose to feed their pet. Choose wisely. Your pet’s life depends on it.”
Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of Association for Pet Obesity Prevention