They say that people choose pets with similar appearances or personality traits to themselves. The latest trait to become similar between pets and their humans? Obesity is on the rise.
A study conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that 80 million U.S. cats and dogs are overweight or obese. This translates to about 58% of cats and 52% of dogs being obese or overweight.
More surprisingly, 45% of the owners of the chubby pets believed their pets were a “normal weight”.Issues that can result from an overweight or obese pet include joint problems and diabetes.
Students enrolled in Ashworth’s veterinary assistant course understand the importance of ensuring pets maintain a healthy weight. What advice do you have for pet owners to ensure their pets maintain a healthy weight and live long healthy lives?
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