Bridging the fat pet gap

By Connie Orcutt • Published: November 1st, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves

Unfortunately, the obesity epidemic among pets shows no signs of abating. In 2014, results of a national survey showed that over 50 percent of dogs and cats were overweight. What’s more, up to 95 percent of pet parents don’t see their pudgy pets as obese. That distortion has been tagged the “fat pet gap.”

Some veterinarians consider obesity the biggest medical risk our pets confront. But before obesity can be addressed, veterinarians have to crack the shell of denial. Pet parents can do their part by scheduling annual exams and weigh-ins for their pets — and coming prepared with questions for their veterinarian.

Also remember that the amount and type of pet food you offer is one of the most important care decisions you make for your four-legged friend. Your veterinarian can advise you on that score too.