October 12, 2022 is National Pet Obesity Day. Pet obesity is an ongoing epidemic that affects more than half of all pets in the United States. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention(APOP), “55.8% of dogs and 59.5% of cats were classified as clinically overweight (BCS – body condition score 6-7) or have obesity (BCS 8-9) by their veterinary healthcare professional.” The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this issue as well. National Pet Obesity Day was founded by the APOP to provide knowledge and awareness on the issue of pet obesity. Each year they conduct a survey that can be taken by both pet parents and veterinary professionals in order to further their research.
Pet Obesity Causes Serious Health Issues Like:
- Decreased Life Expectancy
- High Blood Pressure
What Can You Do To Help:
- If your pet has a weight issue, the first step is admitting that they are overweight. Most pet parents think that their pet’s weight is normal, but veterinarians will say otherwise.
- Change your pet’s diet. Every pet’s needs are different, so consult with your pet’s veterinarian to find the right diet for your pet.
- Keep your pet active. Proper food intake and energy usage is the key to fighting obesity. Taking daily walks with your pet is one great way to help combat pet obesity.
Signup for the APOP’s pet parent survey here.