Skip to main content
The pet obesity rate is rising, data show

The proportion of cats and dogs in the US that are overweight or obese has held steady at about 60% and 56%, respectively, but the percentage that are obese has risen to nearly 34% of cats and 19% of dogs in 2018, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Though overfeeding is a primary culprit, sedentary lifestyles, hormonal imbalances, genetics and gut bacteria play a role, and pet owners should talk with a veterinarian about diet, nutrition and lifestyle, says veterinarian Ernie Ward, founder of APOP.

Full Story: