Obesity rates for pet dogs and cats in the United States are now at 59% for dogs and 61% for cats, according to the 2022 State of the US Pet Obesity Report from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.
“Obesity is clinically defined as a multifactorial disease caused by excessive adiposity sufficient to contribute to disease. There is growing evidence that obesity in dogs and cats increases the risk of many noncommunicable diseases, including skin and respiratory disorders, and renal dysfunction. It increases the risk of metabolic and endocrine disorders (e.g., diabetes), orthopedic diseases (e.g.,osteoarthritis, cranial cruciate ligament disease), some types of cancer, and decreased life expectancy.”
The report can be downloaded here.