58% of cats and 54% of dogs are overweight or obese.
A 2015 study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found a consistent trend toward more obese pets. University of Minnesota veterinary nutritionist and APOP Board Member, Dr. Julie Churchill, warns “an 18-pound cat is at a greater risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure than one that is a pound or two overweight.”
University of Georgia veterinary surgeon and APOP Board member Dr. Steve Budsberg agrees. “We’re seeing more ‘super-obese’ dogs with devastating knee, hip, and elbow injuries and disease than ever before. Obesity creates tremendous mechanical stresses on bones and joints and that can lead to serious pain and suffering.”
At CRAH, we evaluate your pet’s diet and will calculate the daily caloric requirement to help him or her maintain a healthy weight. For overweight pets, we create diet plans with weekly and monthly weight loss goals.