Pet Obesity Statistics
An estimated 58% of cats and 54% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP).
Obesity Facts and Risks
Just as it does with humans, obesity in pets shortens their lives! You may be like me. When I see a fat cat, I’ll think something like, “Look at that roly-poly belly!” But then I think, “Isn’t that a shame.” And it is! When you realize that a 12 pound Yorkie is equivalent to an average woman that weighs 218 pounds, and a 14 pound cat is the same as a 237 pound man (APOP), it kind of puts things in perspective.
What to Do About Your Overweight Pet
Obviously, putting your dog/cat on a good, nutritional weight loss diet is a must. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has several very helpful resources available, so I’m just going to provide the links you need to access them.
Use these charts to determine how much your pet weighs, compared to a human.
General weight loss tips, recommendations, and exercise tips to help your dog lose those extra pounds.
General weight loss tips, recommendations, and exercise tips to help your cat lose that extra weight.
Tips on dog walking to make exercise safe, fun and effective.
Click here for a form to record how much you are feeding and exercising your pet on a daily basis. Make sure you take this to the vet with you.
How many calories were in that treat you just gave to your fur-baby? You’d be surprised. The calories in treats is a major factor in pet obesity. Click here for more information on treats.
Last, but not least, please ‘Like’ the Facebook page for the Association for Pet Obesity and Prevention for tons of additional information!
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