The 2012 national Pet Obesity Survey, published by the Association for Pet obesity Prevention (APOP) revealed some interesting insights that we at Briarcliff Animal felt should be shared with the pet owning community. Obesity continues to be a problem for pets in the United States. According to 121 veterinary clinics surveyed last year, over 50% of dogs and cats examined were overweight or obese.
It would appear that some dog breeds are more at risk for weight problems than others. Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers are two of the most commonly overweight breeds. In contrast, German shepherds are the least overweight breeds.
The 2012 survey also revealed an interesting trend among pet owners. Approximately 45% of owners assessed their pet’s weight as within the normal range, after their veterinarian assessed the pet as overweight.
Report authors went on to discuss:
“Our goal is to help pets and people live longer, healthier, and pain-free lives by maintaining a healthy weight, proper nutrition, and physical activity. The most important decision a pet owner makes each day is what they choose to feed their pet. Choose wisely. Your pet’s life depends on it.”