The past year and a half has certainly been hard, especially on Americans waistlines, with lots of people gaining the “COVID 15” and then some. Well, apparently humans aren’t the only ones who put on the pounds during quarantine.
- A new study by Banfield Pet Hospital finds America's pets have been gaining weight too.
- From March 2020 to December 2020 dogs diagnosed as overweight or obese rose 2.3%.
- Overall, 34% of dogs were diagnosed as overweight or obese in 2020.
- That’s an increase of almost 200% from just a decade ago, when only 18% were diagnosed as overweight or obese.
- And it wasn’t much better for cats.
- 38% of cats were considered overweight or obese in 2020, an increase from 18% in 2011.
Extra weight on animals can result in a whole host of health issues, including dermatological issues, diabetes, orthopedic conditions and more.
- But trying to keep their animals at a healthy weight isn’t easy for a lot of owners.
- 93% say they’ve struggled to do so.
- As for the top reasons it’s so hard, excuses include:
- Giving in when their pet begs for food or treats (46%)
- Not knowing the best strategies for pet weight loss (30%)
- Trouble exercising their pet due to their own health or mobility issues (29%) and not having enough time to exercise their pet (26%)
- Not paying enough attention to their pet's diet (23%)