Big Pets Get Bigger: Latest Survey Shows Dog and Cat Obesity Epidemic Expanding

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Short Description:
This is the fifth annual survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) examining rates of obesity in companion animals in the United States. Results showed an increase in companion animal obesity in 2011 compared to 2010. In all 54% of adult cats and dogs living in US households are either overweight or obese.


Survey Findings:
  • 53% of adult cats and 55% of adults dogs are either overweight or obese. This is an estimated 47.3 million cats and 41.1 million dogs.
  • 22% of dog owners and 15% of cat owners with overweight animals classified their pets as being a normal weight.
  • Obesity rates increased from 2010 to 2011. For cats, the numbers increased from 21.6% to 24.9%. For dogs the change was less drastic, increasing from 20.6% to 21.4%.
  • Though 72% of dog owners surveyed indicated that their vet had discussed issues associated with excess weight, only 49% of cat owners had similar conversations with their vets.

Spot Check Number: 1961
Sponsor: Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)
Researcher/Author: Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)
Animal Type: Dogs, Cats, Companion Animals
Research Method: Print Survey
Geographic Region: United States National
Number of Participants: 41 clinics, 459 dogs, 177 cats
Population Descriptors: Cats, Dogs, United States
Year Conducted: 2011
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