WCV Tips + Tails, Fall 2016
The national pet obesity epidemic is on a serious rise, recent studies reveal. Here’s what you, our clients, should know:
Recent studies show an estimated 58% of cats and 54% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. This translates to the following estimates: 43.8 million overweight or obese dogs, 13.9 million obese dogs, 55 million overweight or obese cats, and 26.2 million obese cats. The American Veterinary Medical Association defines clinical pet obesity with a pet being 30 percent above ideal weight.
Perhaps even more eye opening, a five-year study completed in 2016 of nearly 9,000 animals found cases of diabetes in cats and dogs have skyrocketed since 2011, reports Animal Friends Insurance in the UK. This research notes cats have a higher risk of developing diabetes than dogs do — with a whopping 1,161 percent increase in the past five years. Dogs, on the other hand, have seen an 850 percent rise—staggering!