Pet Obesity – Is Your Dog or Cat Too Fat?

Posted February 23rd, 2011 by admin

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As Americans struggle to keep our waistlines in check, it’s no real surprise that our unhealthy lifestyles have been weighing down our pets as well. In fact, a new study has found that American dogs and cats are facing an obesity epidemic much like our own!

According to a study conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of U.S. pets are now considered overweight or worse. A full 20 percent of dogs and 20 percent of cats are now considered obese, meaning they’re 30 percent above their normal weights, the Wall Street Journal reports. But veterinarians and owners are tackling this problem with new diets, pet weight management software and more.

Underworked and Overfed
It’s a sad fact, but our pets are logging more hours on the couch and getting less exercise than ever before. And with the country suffering from bad weather this winter, pets had even less opportunity to exercise.

But one of the major issues, according to the Wall Street Journal, has to do with owners who routinely overfeed their pets — and not just table scraps. As many pet owners have discovered, it’s not always easy to determine how much to feed their pets each day.

That’s in part due to the fact that most pet food manufacturers don’t list caloric information on their packaging. “Just 10 extra kibbles of a typical dry cat food could add up to one pound of weight gain annually,” APOP founder Dr. Ernie Ward tells the Wall Street Journal.

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