A new study by Banfield Pet Hospital finds America's pets have been gaining weight too. From March 2020 to December 2020 dogs diagnosed as overweight or obese rose 2.3%. Overall, 34% of dogs were diagnosed as overweight or obese in 2020.That’s an increase of almost 200% from just a decade ago, when only 18% were diagnosed as overweight or obese.
And it wasn’t much better for cats.
38% of cats were considered overweight or obese in 2020, an increase from 18% in 2011.
Extra weight on animals can result in a whole host of health issues, including dermatological issues, diabetes, orthopedic conditions and more. But trying to keep their animals at a healthy weight isn’t easy for a lot of owners. 93% say they’ve struggled to do so. As for the top reasons it’s so hard, excuses include: Giving in when their pet begs for food or treats (46%). Not knowing the best strategies for pet weight loss (30%). Trouble exercising their pet due to their own health or mobility issues (29%) and not having enough time to exercise their pet (26%). Not paying enough attention to their pet's diet (23%)