Could you be killing your pet? FOX 5 New York Looks at America’s Pet Obesity Problem
Posted: Oct 08, 2014 5:47 PM EST Updated: Oct 08, 2014 5:47 PM EST
By JOEL WALDMAN, @joelwaldmanfox5
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -There are fat cats and then there are fat cats and equally fat dogs.According to a survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 57.6 percent of cats and 52.6 percent of dogs in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese. And it is for two main reasons: we’re over-feeding our pets and decreasing their physical activity, experts say.
Dr. Christian Eriksson de Rezende, a veterinarian, says even small treats add up in terms of calorie intake in small creatures. He says pet obesity is defined the same as in humans — 20 percent or more over your baseline body mass index.
That is something that almost always causes serious health issues including orthopedic and mobility problems, difficulty breathing and diabetes.