About 1 in every 3 dogs and cats is overweight or even obese. During the past 10 years, there has been a 169 percent increase in overweight cats and a 158 percent increase in overweight dogs nationwide. The report looked at the health of 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cats who visited Banfield pet-care facilities around the country last year.
How does this weight problem happen? Lack of exercise, overfeeding, breed and genetics, and more. And while you may find your lumpy, furry friend too cute for words, you might not find it cute to learn that the extra weight can contribute to a host of diseases.
Food isn’t the only thing these pets are taking a bite out of. Owners of overweight dogs and cats will notice a chunk of their wallet missing, too. People who own overweight dogs spend 17 percent more on health care costs, and those who own overweight cats spend 36 percent more on diagnostic procedures.
But don’t fret: You can help your pet get healthier.
Even small changes can have big long-term effects, even just going a few extra blocks can have a big difference and if you think about yourself, if you don’t exercise enough you feel sluggish and not at your best. And pets feel the same way, too. Considering that more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, that extra effort might be worth it.