Obesity in pet dogs and cats has global significance.1-5
In some populations, the prevalence of veterinary-diagnosed overweight and obese animals has been cited as up to 65% in dogs and up to 63% in cats.2,3
Understanding, identifying, and managing excess weight in pets is vital for their health. Studies show that overweight or obese pets do not live as long as their leaner counterparts.6-9 Obesity is also linked with many diseases, including osteoarthritis and feline diabetes.10,11
Yet, surveys show that many pet owners do not perceive their pet’s weight as a problem.3,12,13 And just over half of pet owners reported that their veterinarian regularly initiated a discussion about weight during their pet's annual visit.4 This creates a critical conversation gap for addressing the risks of overweight and obesity in pet health.
Learn more about the links between health and body weight in pets, and the risks of excess weight in pet health.