1 in 4 dogs & cats are overweight
Study: Pet obesity a growing epidemic.
It’s time to get Fido of the couch.
Recent data from Banfield Pet Hospital shows that, compared with data from five years ago, overweight dogs have become 37 percent more prevalent while overweight cats have become a whopping 90 percent more prevalent.
Today, 1 in 4 dogs and cats are considered obese. On top of that, nearly three quarters of their owners think their pets are fine just the way they are, even though veterinarians say overweight and obese pets are more likely to develop other health problems including heart disease, arthritis and respiratory problems.
The problem was highlighted on Wednesday for National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.
— Read it at Live Science
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while I think many dogs and cats are obese...I also think the five year increases noted represent bad data (or analysis).
If I take it literally, 1 out of 4 cats being obese today, would mean only out of 40 were obese 5 years ago.
come on reporters....put on your thinking caps.
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