Too many American pets are . . . FAT
It’s true . . . pets are getting fatter. A recent survey from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats are either overweight or obese according to their veterinarians. While the numbers themselves aren’t great news, APOP founder Dr. Ernie Ward says he’s actually more distressed that pet owners aren’t aware that their furkids are tipping the scale into an unhealthy range. Ward reports that the main culprit tends to be the little tidbits many people treat with. “Treats are the silent saboteur of slimming down,” says Ward, adding that 93 percent of pet owners treat their pets to snacks. For tips on helping your pet slim down or stay fit, visit PetObesityPrevention.org.