Obesity is a serious health problem in pets. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 59% of US cats and 54% of US dogs are overweight or obese. Excess weight can affect many body systems and can contribute to a significantly shorter lifespan.
We all love our pets, but sometimes our love is shown by giving extra treats and table scraps. These foods are often high in fat. Due to the much smaller size of pets compared to people, even small amounts of “people food” can be a major source of unnecessary calories that can contribute to obesity.
Be sure to check back on our posts this month for more information on Pet Obesity and how you can help your fur baby stay fit and healthy!