A portly pet is an adorable pet, right? That’s what most memes and other animal images in the media often imply. However, overweight pets face several health risks, including a shortened lifespan.
As humans battle their own expanding waistlines, overweight and obese pets have followed a similar pattern. Over the past decade, the percentage of overweight pets has risen to more than half of all household cats and dogs (roughly 85 million). Unfortunately, this trend of pet obesity seems to be on the rise, showing no signs of slowing down.