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Obesity biggest health threat to pets 

If you're not happy, your dog or cat usually picks up the slack to get you in a better mood. Pets don't usually complain when their health is at risk because of your care, however.

Their added pounds increase their chances of suffering from associated health problems commonly seen in overweight humans, including osteoarthritis, diabetes, hypertension, heart
disease and cancer. It is no wonder that pets are fat. 68% of adult Americans (approximately 148 million) are overweight or obese.

Your Pet is Overweight if…

Difficult to feel ribs under fat
Sagging stomach – you can grab a handful of fat!
Broad, flat back
No waist

Statistics US Pet Population 
Dogs 83.3 million
Cats 95.6 million
Total Dogs and Cats 178.9 million
Approximately 68% of US households own at least one pet = 82.5 million homes

If you own a pet, staying healthy should be a team effort.  Healthy habits can ensure that you and your pet have many happy years together. The next time your dog begs you to take him on a walk, recognize it as an opportunity for the both of you to get some exercise.

When you're scheduling your next doctor's visit, remember that your cat might need a check-up at the vet. And make sure everyone in your household – human and animal – enjoys reasonable portions of nutritious foods.

People and pets today are at a high risk of obesity and obesity-related illnesses. Nearly two-thirds
of all adult Americans are overweight or obese, while 54% of dogs and  cats nationwide are overweight.   Pets become overweight the same way that people do: over-eating, consuming high-calorie foods, and not exercising.  Fortunately, obesity is preventable, treatable, and reversible. Starting can be as simple as making time to play with your cat or going for a run or a walk with your dog. You will both de-stress and can get great exercise without even realizing it.

Further information about animal health issues can be found on the Veterinary Public Health
see Association for Pet Obesity Prevention:

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