“My pet isn’t overweight or obese.”
It’s a common refrain from pet owners. Sometimes they may be right, sometimes not. Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention talks pet obesity HERE on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show.
Based on body condition scoring, more than half of America’s dogs and cats are too heavy. But Ward says the real story is how many pets are downright clinically obese. Being obese not only impacts quality of life, it also may limit lifespan. In fact, Ward is now working to have obesity declared a disease in veterinary medicine.
And our view as a society of what overweight/obese looks like is even skewered, he says, compared to what it was a few decades ago. In both pets and humans, overweight is becoming the new “normal.” But it’s not normal, and it’s not healthy.