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The Overweight Pet Revolution

The Overweight Pet Revolution

In recent decades, pets have been packing on the pounds as the humans who love them shower them with morsels of affection. But there’s a new revolution underway, a pet shape-up campaign, and you’d be surprised at just what’s at stake.

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) reports that more than half of all dogs and cats are overweight and many people don’t even realize it.  And those pets are destined to live shorter lives, as much as 20 percent shorter than their slimmer counterparts. Illness will creep in, affecting quality of life through osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems and kidney disease.

APOP’s founder Dr. Ernie Ward encourages pet lovers to increase exercise and lay off the treats. “Treats are the silent saboteur of slimming down. Those tiny treats are often hiding a significant amount of calories.”

Ward suggests offering single-ingredient rewards or fresh vegetables such as baby carrots, string beans, broccoli or other crunchy vegetables.

“Pet obesity is plainly a people problem, not a pet problem,” Ward continues. “The most important decision pet owners make each day regarding their pet’s health is what they choose to feed it.”

The Pet365 infographic below takes pet lovers through all the ins and outs of pet weight problems. Could today be the day your household starts a revolution to create healthier, happier pets?

Pet Obesity
Pet obesity graphic produced by Matt Beswick for Pet365. Click here to view the full post.


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1:29PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

9:28AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Kathy K - I too have often noticed a little "tummy sag" on normal sized spayed female cats. My female Pepper weighted about 9 lbs, was very active, but still developed a "tummy sag". As we both got older, I used to joke and say that we were both going to get "tummy tucks" to return us to our former svelte figures of our younger days! Bless her little heart, she lived to be 22 years old.

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6:20PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Thanks for this article. When my dog started to gain weight, I cut back on the treats, gave her low calorie treats, cut back on the size of her meals, and increased her walk. She lost ten pounds, and it helped her a great deal.

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12:27PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

This is a good poster but it has an error. Many normal weight cats will have what you might think of as a saggy stomach. They normally have a fat pad that can hang sort of like an udder from the abdomen. How much can be genetic, like getting your momma's thighs, and not necessarily a sign of obesity. (And it seems to play a role in helping to protect a cat's abdomen from the racking hind claws of another cat in a fight.

2:15AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

My son's dog loves to eat raw broccoli! His meat is mixed with cooked carrots, and he is a healhy weight.

9:09PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Sad to see this. No reason for it.

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