Obesity in pets is common in many countries.Studies from overseas have indicated a widespread of up to 44% of obesity in dogs and 40%of obesity in cats. The association for Pet Obesity Prevention are made up of dedicated veterinarians and veterinary healthcare personnel who are committed to making the lives of dogs, cats, all other animals and people healthier and more vital.
In Australia, obesity "is the most common nutritional disease." Obese dogs and cats have a higher incidence of arthritis, and heart disease, and even diabetes. Multiple pet owners have been prosecuted for cruelty to animals due to their dangerously obese cats and dogs.
Owners view food as a way to reward and treat their pets, which contributes to their overeating habits. Modern day pet foods are a higher quality food, and some pets are prone to gorging themselves to the limit of their stomach capacity, a behavior developed through evolution. In addition, pets, cats and dogs alike, are often not allowed to free roam as they did in the past. Pets confined to a house or small yard, or who are not regularly walked or played with, are more prone to obesity.
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