The CDC says that 71 percent of American adults are overweight or obese, and it looks like it’s rubbing off on our pets.
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 56 percent of dogs and 60 percent of cats are overweight.
A recent New York Times article reported that veterinarians said nearly half of the dogs they see are overweight or obese.
Check the American Kennel Club’s breed weight chart to see how much your dog should weigh and weigh them often. The guidelines on many pet food labels are on the high side, so it’s better to judge the amount you feed on whether your animal is gaining or losing weight.
Consider switching to a lower calorie food brand designed for weight loss. Make sure they get exercise every day, but ease into the regimen.
Nationwide Insurance said that obesity related veterinary insurance claims exceeded 69 million dollars in 2017.