Survey Finds More Than Half of Dogs and Cats Are Overweight

Survey Finds That More Than Half of Dogs and Cats Are Overweight

A standard procedure when we see a patient, dog or cat, is to weigh them and keep track of weight gain or loss, which may be the sign of a problem.  A recent survey found that 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats could be classified as overweight or obese. What's more, the study found that many pet owners are unaware that their pet is overweight.

Pet obesity has been called "a people problem, not a pet problem." A lot depends on what we feed our pets and how often. We will be happy to discuss a healthy diet for your pet and, if your pet is overweight, to recommend prescription foods and even medications.

Some of the common weight-related conditions in dogs and cats include osteoarthritis, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, kidney disease and shortened life expectancy. If you have any concerns, let us know. We can help.

Source: Robert K.Fitzpatrick, DVM, Abri Animal Hospital, Cape May Court House, NJ. If you have a pet-related question, please use our contact page and select the category Ask The Vet.