Over Half of U.S. Dogs, Cats Considered Overweight or Obese

NEW YORK, October 8, 2012 – BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a group of specialty and emergency hospitals located throughout the central and eastern U.S., recommends for pet owners to observe National Pet Obesity Awareness Day this Wednesday.

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 54 percent of cats and dogs in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese.

In addition to a decreased life-expectancy, animals that are overweight are at risk for cranial cruciate ligament injury, heart and respiratory disease, insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes, as well as osteoarthritis.

“These numbers are absolutely staggering, especially when obesity in pets can be so easily prevented,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer at BluePearl. “Making sure a pet receives adequate exercise and a healthy diet is paramount.”

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: