Walking the paths of Peachtree City, it is readily apparent that there are a lot of overweight dogs.  A recent study of pet obesity showed the following results:

  • 35% of dogs and 32.1% of cats were overweight.
  • 20.6% of dogs and 21.6% of cats were obese (great than 30% above their ideal weight).
  • Overall, 55.6% of dogs and 53.7% of cats were either overweight or obese.
  • 6.7% of cats and 2.5% of dogs were classified as “thin”.
  • No cats in the study were found to be “underweight” while 0.26% of dogs were underweight.

Primary Risks of Excess Weight in Pets:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart and Respiratory Disease
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Kidney Disease
  • Many Forms of Cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)

 

Need more information about your pet’s weight and weight loss strategies?

  • Visit www.petobesityprevention.com for information about ideal pet weight ranges, pet calorie needs and other useful information.
  • Call or email our office to ask about pet weight loss strategies and diet.

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