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The pet obesity rate is rising, data show
3/13/2019

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.

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