Pet Obesity and Weight Loss

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Obesity Facts & Risks

  • An Estimated 54% of Dogs and Cats in the United States are Overweight or Obese
    • An Estimated 93 million US Dogs and Cats are Overweight or Obese
  • An Estimated 21% of US Dogs and Cats are Obese
    • An Estimated 36 million US Pets are Obese
  • An Estimated 55.6% of US Dogs are Overweight or Obese (BCS 4-5)
  • An Estimated 20% of US Dogs are Obese (BCS 5)
    • 43 million US Dogs are estimated to be Overweight or Obese
    • 16 million US Dogs are estimated to be Obese
  • An Estimated 54% of US Cats are Overweight or Obese (BCS 4-5)
  • An Estimated 22% of US Cats are Obese (BCS 5)
    • 50 million US Cats are estimated to be Overweight or Obese
    • 20 million US Cats are estimated to be Obese

Source [2010 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention]

2010 US Pet Population (Source:  American Pet Products Manufacturers Association)
Dogs 77.5 million
Cats 93.6 million
Total Dogs and Cats 171 million

Primary Risks of Excess Weight in Pets

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart and Respiratory Disease
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Kidney Disease
  • Many Forms of Cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)
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