An Estimated 54% of Dogs and Cats in the United States are Overweight or Obese
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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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    Avoid a Pet Emergency Super Sunday Overtime: Championship Game Parties Can be Dangerous to your Dog and Cat

    February 3, 2012

    Your Super Sunday party may be dangerous to your pet. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) offers tips to pet owners to make sure their Big Game party activities don’t end up with an overtime veterinary emergency for your dog or cat.

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    Pet Obesity Awareness Surveys for Pet Owners

    October 12, 2011

    Thank you for helping us better understand pet obesity. Please take a few minutes to complete one or both of these surveys. The first survey allows you to record your pet’s weight data. You will need to weigh your pet as accurately as possible. You may weigh yourself, then weigh yourself holding your pet and record the difference.    Click here to enter your pet’s weight information The second survey concerns pet owner’s attitudes about pet obesity, diet and exercise. It consists of 10 simple questions that
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    Fat Pets Getting Fatter According to Latest Survey

    February 22, 2011

    Over Half the Nation’s Dogs and Cats Now Overweight Costing Pet’s Years and Owners Millions.

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    APOP Featured in Wall Street Journal

    February 22, 2011

    Two Executive Board members featured in Wall Street Journal.

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    Top pet fitness and weight loss products of 2010

    December 1, 2010

    Half of the nearly 171 million dogs and cats in the US are now overweight. The pet industry is helping combat the pet obesity epidemic by developing innovative and effective exercise and weight loss products. Once again the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) is proud to announce its annual Top Pet Fitness and Weight Loss Products for 2010. If you’re looking to give your pet a healthy gift this holiday season, consider these offerings.

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

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