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Infographic: Dog and cat obesity rates steady in 2018

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    With Pet Food containing anywhere from 40-60% CARBS it No Surprise!

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    By Tim Wall
    on March 13, 2019
    Infographic: Dog and cat obesity rates steady in 2018
    APOP survey statistics for 2018 suggest that an estimated 56 million cats and 50 million dogs are overweight or obese in the U.S.

    The obesity rate among dogs and cats in the United States remained high in 2018, at similar rates to the previous year. In the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention’s (APOP) annual survey results, veterinarians classified 33.8 percent of cats and 18.9 percent of dogs as obese in 2018. They identified 36.9 percent of cats and 25.6 percent of dogs as overweight. In the 2017 clinical survey, 56 percent of dogs and 60 percent of cats were classified as overweight or obese.

    Rising awareness of pet obesity
    APOP survey statistics for 2018 suggest that an estimated 56 million cats and 50 million dogs are overweight or obese in the U.S., based on 2018 pet population projections provided by the American Pet Products Association.

    “I don’t recall this high number of obese pets 30 years ago,” Ernie Ward, DVM, founder of APOP, told Petfood Industry. “But also we were oblivious to what was going on in pet obesity. Very little was taught in veterinary school. There was little literature…So, the numbers were down but ignorance was up.”

    Now, the prevalence of pet obesity clearly is up, he said, but likewise awareness has grown.

    “Golden age” of pet obesity awareness and treatment
    Ward compared the current state of pet obesity awareness to that of cancer several decades ago.

    “Growing up on farm, we didn’t talk about cancer in animals,” he said.

    As Ward grew up and fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a vet, awareness of cancer in animals, including pets and livestock, also grew. Veterinarians now have various options for addressing cancer, as well as limiting risk factors, in dogs, cats and other animals.

    On the other hand, obesity is the most common ailment Ward sees in his veterinary practice, yet he has only one treatment.

    “All we can say is feed less and exercise more,” he said. ‘That doesn’t work for humans, much less pets.”

    Just as human obesity awareness and treatment options have increased, Ward foresees increased options for addressing the obesity epidemic in U.S. pets.


    “We’re entering a golden age for pet obesity,” he said.

    About U.S. pet obesity survey
    APOP conducts an annual obesity prevalence survey in the U.S.

    This year, veterinary health professionals assessed the body condition scores (BCS) of every dog and cat patient they saw for a regular wellness exam on a given day in October 2018. BCS was based on the standardized nine-point whole integer scale and actual weight. The latest survey included the assessment of 1,560 dogs and 646 cats by 146 veterinary clinics representing 41 U.S. states during October and November 2018.

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    Tim Wall is a staff reporter at WATT Global Media. Contact Wall via email at twall@wattglobal.com.
     
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    Infographic: Top 10 obesity diseases in dogs, cats 2017 | PetfoodIndustry.com
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    By Tim Wall and Jennifer Keller
    on January 21, 2019
    Infographic: Top 10 obesity diseases in dogs, cats 2017
    The rise in pet obesity-related disease diagnosis may reflect both growing awareness among veterinarians of obesity and rising rates of obesity overall.
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    In 2017, rates of pet obesity and related diseases rose in the United States, according to data collected by insurance company Nationwide, just as those rates have done for the past eight years that Nationwide has been collecting this information. See the infographic below to learn which ten obesity-related diseases were the most frequently reported in dog and cat insurance claims to Nationwide in 2017, the most recent year for which data was available.

    Awareness of pet obesity among veterinarians
    The rise in pet obesity-related disease diagnosis may reflect both growing awareness among veterinarians of obesity and rising rates of obesity overall, Ernie Ward, DVM, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity and Prevention, told Petfood Industry.

    “I don’t recall this high number of obese pets 30 years ago,” he said. “But also we were oblivious to what was going on in pet obesity. Very little was taught in veterinary school. There was little literature…So, the numbers were down but ignorance was up.”

    Now, the prevalence of pet obesity clearly is up, he said, but likewise awareness has grown.

    “Golden age” of pet obesity awareness and treatment
    Ward compared the current state of pet obesity awareness to that of cancer several decades ago.

    “Growing up on farm, we didn’t talk about cancer in animals,” he said.

    As Ward grew up and fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a vet, awareness of cancer in animals, including pets and livestock, also grew. Veterinarians now have various options for addressing cancer, as well as limiting risk factors, in dogs, cats and other animals.

    On the other hand, obesity is the most common ailment Ward sees in his veterinary practice, yet he has only one treatment.

    “All we can say is feed less and exercise more,” he said. ‘That doesn’t work for humans, much less pets.”

    Just as human obesity awareness and treatment options have increased, Ward foresees increased options for addressing the obesity epidemic in U.S. pets.

    “We’re entering a golden age for pet obesity,” he said.

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    Tim Wall is a staff reporter at WATT Global Media. Contact Wall via email at twall@wattglobal.com.
    Jennifer Keller is a senior editor at WATT Global Media. Contact Keller via email at jkeller@wattglobal.com.
     
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    Infographic: Top 5 obesity-related problems in dogs, cats | PetfoodIndustry.com
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    Infographic: Top 5 obesity-related diseases in dogs, cats
    Specialty and therapeutic formulations address the health problems that result from pet obesity.

    Cat and dog obesity rates continue to rise, as do sales of pet food or nutrition products related to weight, reported Petfood Industry, while specialty and therapeutic formulations address the health problems that result from pet obesity.

    Specialty weight-management pet food
    Overweight and obese pets are prone to many health conditions, several of which the pet food industry is addressing with specialty, therapeutic or weight-management formulas. Arthritis, bladder and urinary tract health, kidney health and liver health are all obesity-related health problems for which specialty dog and cat food formulations exist. For a list of the top five obesity-related health problems in dogs and cats, see the infographic below.

    Increasing sales of weight-management pet foods
    The percentage of dog owners who strongly agree that they buy weight-management pet foods has more than doubled from 2014 to 2016, according to data from Packaged Facts National Pet Owner Surveys. The percentage increased from 11 percent to 25 percent.

    The percentage of cat owners who strongly agree that they buy weight-management pet foods increased even more from 9 percent in 2014 to 22 percent in 2016.

    Formulating specialty, therapeutic and weight-management pet foods
    For pet food industry professionals, formulation of weight-management pet foods may require special ingredients. For example, novel proteins might be able to help fight the obesity epidemic, according to Mark J. Mendal, founder of Pet Proteins, who spoke at Petfood Forum 2016. Venison, for example, has a lower calorie and fat content than conventional proteins, such as beef.

    Beans can serve as a safe ingredient in formulas for overweight dogs, according to research published in the Journal of Applied Animal Nutrition. The results showed that dogs were able to utilize energy stored in bean-based diets at similar levels to the conventional kibble.

    Obesity increasing beyond overweight
    According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention’s (APOP) 2014 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey (released in 2015), an estimated 52.7 percent of dogs and 57.9 percent of cats are obese or overweight in the US—which equates to 43.8 million dogs and 55 million cats. Of these animals, 17.6 percent of dogs (13.9 million) and 28.1 percent of cats (26.2 million) are obese.

    Dog and cat obesity rates are growing faster than the overall trend towards being overweight, said the founder of APOP, Ernie Ward, DVM.

    “The most startling and concerning finding, over the past decades, is the increase in the number of obese pets, specifically cats,” Ward said. “It’s not that the overall figure has dramatically increased, but the number of obese dogs and cats has really outpaced the overweight. We’re seeing a higher percentage of clinically obese pets.”

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    Tim Wall is a staff reporter at WATT Global Media. Contact Wall via email at twall@wattglobal.com.
    Jennifer Keller is a senior editor at WATT Global Media. Contact Keller via email at jkeller@wattglobal.com.
     
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  4. Kaiser2016

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    Those are good stats to know for people who come up to a FIT Doberman and claim that the dog is too skinny. Better than being fat!
     
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