Did you know obesity is a leading health problem in dogs? In fact, I've seen obesity described as the number one health problem among dogs. Is this true? I don't know, but it seems that obesity amongst dogs (and other pets) is on the rise.
A recent study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reveals that more than 57 percent of cats and 44 percent of dogs are estimated to be overweight or obese in the United States.
The study also found that older animals had a higher incidence of being overweight, with 52.1 percent of dogs and 55 percent of cats over age 7 classified as overweight or obese.
Diabetes, respiratory, and arthritic conditions are on the rise in older pets as a direct result of obesity. These are often chronic, incurable, and generally
Pet owners need to understand that a few extra pounds on a dog or cat is similar to a person being 30 to 50 pounds overweight.