National Pet Obesity Day


There are more overweight pets than ever (and the problem is growing, sort of speak).

Today (October 8) is National Pet Obesity Day, according to the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention.  Currently (in America) nearly 60 percent of cats are overweight and just over half of all dogs.

Routine check-ups are vital to promoting a long and healthy lives of our pets.

It turns out that many pet owners can’t tell that their pet is overweight, because the pets don’t gain it overnight and gradual weight gain is challenging to observe and also it seems America’s sensibilities have also changed; pets we said were overweight a few decades ago are now considered “normal” by most pet owners. Cats and dogs that are overweight or obese may have increased risk of some behavioral problems, oesteoarthritis, some types of cancer, diabetes in cats and other problems, perhaps including general quality of life.

Some cat owners avoid vet visits because they can be stressful for both the cat and themselves, however, choosing a vet who has earned the American Association Feline Practitioneers Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) designation is one effective way to potentially mitigate stress.  The CFP designation means that a practice has made changes to decrease stress and provide a more calming environment such as feline-only waiting areas and examination rooms.