New research from the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) states that more than half of dogs and cats in the US are now classified as either overweight or obese. The study commissioned by APOP involved veterinarians throughout the US who contributed pet assessments to the research. One result found that the “vast majority of owners of overweight or obese dogs didn’t even realize their pet had a weight issue.” Veterinarians discovered that 93 percent of owners of overweight or obese dogs and 88 percent of cat owners didn’t see their pet’s excess weight as an issue.
With obesity linked to serious conditions in cats and dogs such as heart, kidney and respiratory disease, high blood pressure and many forms of cancer, APOP is on a mission to help fight and prevent the epidemic of pet obesity. Learn more at PetObesityPrevention.org.