U.S. Pet Obesity Steadily Increases

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Pet obesity in the U.S. is increasing, affecting 60% of cats and 56% of dogs, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). “The number of pets with clinical obesity continues to increase.” states APOP Founder, veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward. “We’re continuing to see more pets diagnosed with obesity rather than overweight. Clinical obesity results in more secondary conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and certain forms of cancer. Pets with obesity also have reduced quality of life and shorter life expectancy.”

Low-calorie and weight loss diets combined with increased exercise were the most used weight loss strategies. When asked what was the “biggest challenge to exercising your dog,” “Too busy” was the most common response,

When asked if they believed “commercial pet food is better or worse than ten years ago” (the melamine pet food recall was in 2007), 63% of pet owners and 76% of veterinary professionals reported pet food in 2017 was “better.” “People food” for pets was generally considered “unhealthy.”

There are many ways to reduce your pets chances of becoming obese and suffering from the conditions that come with it. The first step is an honest discussion with your veterinarian. Your pets weight should be discussed at every visit as a way to ensure a longer and healthier lifespan.


Here at Noah’s Ark we help celebrate the life of your cherished friend by offering a loving and compassionate cremation service. We can provide a plaster paw print, hair clipping and memorial DVD upon request at no additional cost.

Noah’s Ark Pet Crematory
2643 Old Bridge Road Manasquan, NJ 08736

732-528-6624 or 732-528-NOAH


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