Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Now our pets are fat, too

Interesting article on the weight of pets.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34.2 percent of Americans over age 20 were overweight as of 2008, and another 33.8 percent were obese. As human waistlines have ballooned, so has pets' girth: A 2009 national survey of veterinarians by the Association for the Prevention of Pet Obesity found that 45 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats were overweight or obese. Those numbers revealed a 2 percent increase in dog weight problems from the year before, and a 5 percent increase for cats.

The article contains some diet tips for your pets.


Jack Feerick said...

It makes sense, really - and it's probably got less to do with diet than with exercise. As we become more sedentary in our own lifestyles (or eat ourselves right into limited mobility), we become less willing or able to walk our dogs or play with our cats. It's a pity. But the good news is that the solution is win-win. Since we got our first dog a couple of years ago, I've dropped 15 pounds myself just from my increased activity, and the dog has stayed trim, healthy, and happy.
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