The Affiliation for Pet Weight problems Prevention just lately launched its survey statistics for 2018, which discovered that 59.5% of cats and 55.eight% of canines in america are labeled as obese or overweight. Cats beat out canines in weight problems — 33.eight% of all cats falling within the class of overweight (for canines, it’s 18.9%). The numbers are principally unchanged from 2017, and the survey additionally discovered that pet house owners need extra recommendation from their veterinarians about pet diet. Solely 38% of householders reported that their vet had really helpful a routine/upkeep weight-reduction plan to feed their pet. “Veterinarians want to grasp weight problems is a illness and provide extra therapy choices than weight-reduction plan and train,” says APOP president, veterinarian Ernie Ward. “Pet house owners have an awesome variety of weight-reduction plan selections and are sometimes confused by the dietary recommendation they see on-line.” Dr. Ward additionally notes that pet house owners could also be embarrassed or really feel judged because of “fats shaming” and don’t need to ask their vet about weight problems, or vets are afraid they’ll offend pet house owners by citing the subject.