When it comes to your pet’s weight, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that obesity increases your pet’s odds of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, respiratory problems, osteoarthritis, and a variety of other health conditions that can severely impact quality of life.
The good news is that pet owners have more options than ever to help pets maintain a healthy weight and potentially add years to their lives.
Is My Pet Overweight?
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 58% of cats and 54% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. Many pet owners are so used to the sight of chubby pets that it can be hard to determine whether or not pet weight loss should be a priority.