Obesity is a disease of global significance and is the most common form of malnutrition encountered by veterinarians.1 Worldwide, multiple studies have estimated that up to 59% of pet cats and dogs exceed their optimal weight.2
Obesity is a serious health threat. Numerous studies show that overweight pets don’t live as long as their leaner counterparts. The chronic, low grade, systemic inflammation of obesity is also linked with diseases such as diabetes, osteoarthritis and some forms of cancer.
Even though 93% of veterinarians recognize the critical impact of obesity on pet health, only 36% report talking about weight issues with pet owners unless the pet is already overweight.3