Study Finds That One-Third of American Pets are Obese

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New research shows that pets in America are getting fatter every year.

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As we all know, the United States is one of the most obese countries in the world. If you are looking for a reason for that, you could blame lax guidelines by the FDA, all the fast food we consume, or the fact that we drive cars everywhere, even to different stores in the same shopping plaza. The fact remains that Americans don’t take their health as seriously as other countries, and this extends to our pets.

A study published by Banfield Pet Hospital, which operates 1,000 veterinary clinics in the US and Puerto Rico found that one-third of dogs and cats in the country are overweight.

The number of obese cats has jumped 169% from ten years ago, compared to dogs, which jumped to 158%. The study analyzed the veterinary visits of 2.5 million dogs and 505,000 cats in 2016.

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Animal obesity can have serious health consequences in pets just as in humans, so it should come as no surprise to you that 1/3 of American adults are also overweight.

The moral of the story is, your health and fitness are important, but your pet’s health and fitness are both an extension, and a direct reflection of that. If you have to, use your beloved pet’s health as motivation to go running, and take your dog or cat with you.

If you manage to get your cat to go running, please tell me how!

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Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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