Pet Obesity: Is Your Companion Too Fat?

  • Topic Info:Obesity isn't just on the rise in humans; it's also affecting your pets.

    Pet obesity is a growing epidemic throughout the world and has similar consequences in cats and dogs as it does in humans.

    Health risks, including type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, crippling arthritis and cancers, have been linked to obesity in pets.

    Most owners are unaware that their companions are overweight, which has led to the growing problem of overweight pets getting even fatter.

    According to a survey conducted by the Pet Obesity Prevention, 36.7 million, or 52.5 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, and 43.2 million, or 58.3 percent of cats are overweight or obese.

    Does your furry friend fall into this category?

    America's Pet Advocate and Author, Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM, discusses the issues with pet obesity, as well as prevention tactics and treatments to help your companion to live a healthier life.
  • Book Title: Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter - A Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives
  • Host: Melanie Cole, MS