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October 9, 2013

Half of U.S. dogs and cats considered obese

CHICAGO – Wednesday is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day and doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are encouraging pet parents to pay attention to the serious problem facing more than half of America’s pets.

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is a day to raise awareness about the growing pet obesity problem in the U.S. as well as an opportunity to gather more information during the Seventh Annual Pet Obesity Awareness Day survey.

According to last year’s survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 55 percent of cats and dogs in the U.S. are considered overweight. or obese, while the 2011 survey showed an estimated 54 percent overweight or obese.

Animals that are overweight are at risk for a variety of ailments.

injury, heart and respiratory disease, insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes, as well as osteoarthritis.

“Pet obesity is one of the most preventable health problems facing pets,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl. “Controlling the amount of food your pet receives, ensuring your pet gets plenty of exercise and eliminating table scraps are the best ways to ensure a pet stays in shape.”

Along with diet and exercise, BluePearl Veterinary Partners recommends having your pet seen by your family veterinarian at least twice a year because pets age much faster than humans.

For more information about National Pet Obesity Awareness day, contact your veterinarian and visit: http://www.petobesityprevention.com/.

– Daily News

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