Short Takes

September 2016 Issue

Over Half of Cats are Overweight; Overactive Thyroids in Cats

Pets were evaluated as ideal, overweight or obese. The APOP’s survey also found that 54 percent of dogs were overweight or obese. The findings were nearly the same in 2014, when the association cited a “fat pet gap,” in which another of its surveys revealed that 90 percent of owners of overweight cats and 95 percent of owners of overweight dogs incorrectly identified their pet as normal weight. “No one wants to think their pet is overweight, and overcoming denial is our first battle,” said APOP founder Ernie Ward, DVM.

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