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IS YOUR PET OBESE?

Whether it’s due to eating too much or exercising too little, “man’s best friends” really are just like us.

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US vs. THEM

More than 1 in 3 U.S. adults are overweight (BMI 25- 29.9).

Nearly 40% of adult Americans are obese (BMI 30+).

56% of dogs & 60% of cats are overweight or obese.

Only 17% of owners acknowledge that their pets are overweight.

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“The number of pets with clinical obesity continues to increase… We’re continuing to see more pets diagnosed with obesity rather than overweight… Pets with obesity also have reduced quality of life and shorter life expectancy.”

Dr. Ernie Ward, Association for Pet Obesity Prevention founder & veterinarian
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WHY IT MATTERS:

Overweight pets are prone to

  • back, hip & joint problems
  • kidney, heart & lung diseases
  • diabetes & some types of cancer

In 2018, the U.S. pet industry was valued at $72B (a 50% jump in 15 years). Insiders say it’s due to increasing health care costs, many related to overweight ailments. 

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Found in more than 60% of U.S. households, dogs & cats are still the most popular American pets, but that pecking order could soon change. Poultry ownership has climbed 23% in recent years - no word yet on their weight problems.

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