Are our pets fat?

Chris Miller
November 14, 2018 - 9:00 am

America already has an obesity problem, and now comes word that our pets are getting too fat, too.

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 60 percent of cats in U.S. are overweight, as are 56 percent of dogs.

"Oh, yeah, we see them all the time," says Dr. Craig Lamarsh, a veterinarian at the Southern Animal Foundation in New Orleans.

He says some pet owners are surprised when he tells them their little friends are too husky.

"I would say that a large proportion of them are probably in a little bit of denial," Lamarsh said. "They really enjoy the bond they receive with animals with food and it's very gratifying for them."

He says as long as they can get through to the pet owner, pet obesity is easy enough to treat: proper diet and regular exercise. But obesity in pets can cause the same problems it does in people: joint pain, high blood pressure, and reduced life expectancy.

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