New Survey Finds Number of Overweight Pets is Growing

March 29, 2016

About 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs are overweight in the United States, according to the annual survey from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP).

The percentage of overweight cats in 2015 is the same as last year’s survey, but the number is slightly larger for dogs. 53 percent of dogs were reported to be overweight in the 2014 survey.

The 2015 survey involved 1,224 dogs and cats from 136 veterinary clinics. Participating veterinary practices assessed the body condition score (BCS) of all canine and feline patients that came in for a regular wellness examination on a given day in October.

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