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An Estimated 54% of Dogs and Cats in the United States are Overweight or Obese
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    U.S. Pet Population Gets Fatter; Owners Fail to Recognize Obesity.

    March 23, 2015

    New Research from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention Shows a Rise of Obese Pets in 2014 March 26, 2015, Calabash, N.C.—The majority of the nation’s dogs and cats continue to be overweight, and most pet owners aren’t aware of the problem, according to new research from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). The eighth annual National Pet Obesity Prevalence Survey conducted by APOP found 58% of U.S. cats and 53% of dogs were
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    2014 Pet Obesity Statistics

    March 23, 2015

    An estimated 52.7% of US dogs are overweight or obese. An estimated 57.9% of US cats are overweight or obese. View all the results of the 2014 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey.

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    2015 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

    March 20, 2015

    On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention will conduct our Ninth Annual Pet Obesity Awareness Day survey. In order to do this, we need your help. On October 7, we are asking you to record simple information for each pet that you perform a routine examination on that day. How many pets and the detail of information you obtain is up to you.

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    2014 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

    September 10, 2014

    On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention will conduct our Eighth Annual Pet Obesity Awareness Day survey. In order to do this, we need your help. On October 8, we are asking you to record simple information for each pet that you perform a routine examination on that day. How many pets and the detail of information you obtain is up to you.

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    2013 Pet Obesity Statistics

    September 10, 2014

    An estimated 52.6% of US dogs are overweight or obese. An estimated 57.6% of US cats are overweight or obese. View all the results of the 2013 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey.

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    Pet Obesity Remains at Epidemic Levels According to New Research

    March 31, 2014

    Obesity Plagues Pets, Industry Being Challenged to Effect Change CALABASH, N.C., MARCH 31, 2014—Most of the nation’s pets are overweight, and a majority of their owners are blind to the issue. New research, released by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), tells an alarming story. Veterinarians who assessed pets for the recent study recognized that more than half are overweight or obese. Cats carry the largest share of the obesity burden with 57.6 percent
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    National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

    September 9, 2013

    SEE BELOW FOR DOWNLOADABLE DATA SHEETS On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention will conduct our Seventh Annual Pet Obesity Awareness Day survey. In order to do this, we need your help. On October 10 we are asking you to record simple information for each pet that you perform a routine examination on that day. How many pets and the detail of information you obtain is up to you. Obviously more is better but our
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    2012 National Pet Obesity Survey Results

    March 13, 2013

    Pet Obesity Rates Rise, Cats Heavier Than Ever Fifty-five Percent of U.S. Dogs and Cats Overweight in Latest Veterinary Survey   Calabash, N.C., March 12, 2013 – U.S. pet obesity rates continued to increase in 2012 with the number of overweight cats reaching an all-time high. The sixth annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found 52.5 percent of dogs and 58.3 percent of cats to
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    Big Pets Get Bigger: Latest Survey Shows Dog and Cat Obesity Epidemic Expanding

    February 7, 2012

    (Calabash, NC – February 6, 2012) 54% of Nation’s Pets Overweight According to Latest Veterinary Survey; Pet Owners in Denial The “fat pet gap” continues to widen according to the latest nationwide survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). The fifth annual veterinary survey found 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats to be classified as overweight or obese by their veterinarian. That equals 88.4 million pets that are
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Pet Caloric Needs

Daily Caloric Needs for Average Indoor Pets: Cats 10 lbs. 180 to 200 calories; Dogs 10 lbs. 200 to 275 calories; 20 lbs. 325 to 400 calories; 50 lbs. 700 to 900 calories; Daily Caloric Needs for ...

Weight Check

How to Tell if Your Pet is a Healthy Weight Ribs are easily felt Tucked abdomen—no sagging stomach Waist when viewed from above Your Pet is Overweight if… Difficult to feel ribs under Read More

Ideal Weight Ranges

For Dogs Ideal Weight Ranges of 2009 Top 10 AKC Breeds Labrador Retriever 65-80 lbs. German Shepherd Dog 75-95 lbs. Yorkshire Terrier Less than 7 lbs. Golden Retriever 65-75 … Read More

Calorie Counters

Find out how many calories are in common dog and cat foods.