October is known for fall, football and sweaters but did you know that it is also Pet Obesity Awareness Month? Each year Dr. Ernie Ward and the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) collects basic weight data from across the United States and compiles the results to estimate how prevalent pet obesity is in the U.S. There is no personal data collected; instead the study is data collected in terms of weight comparison from pet families and veterinarians. They also look at what diseases are prevalent in under and overweight pets.
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) is a non-profit organization made up of veterinary professionals working diligently to help our pets live longer, healthier, disease-free lives. They rely on survey results from families like you to help show trends in nutrition, pet food selection and where families are getting their education on pet health, nutrition, and weight loss.
Each year Animal Hospital of North Asheville participates by asking clients to fill out a short survey at their pet's visit. This year we are asking for your help by participating in the 2018 Pet Nutrition and Weight Management Survey. This survey asks pet families what they think about pet food, ingredients, feeding and activity habits of their own pets. The survey answers go directly to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention and the individual answers are not shared with the veterinary clinic. Hospitals are provided with a report with the trends from all the participating veterinary hospitals, clinics, and pet families. This is a valuable tool for veterinarians to help guide pet families with the best healthcare advice.
The survey only takes a few minutes to complete. Please click here to participate in the 2018 Pet Nutrition and Weight Management Survey.
Everyone who participates is eligible to win prizes including an Amazon Echo from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.
To learn more about the 2017 Pet Obesity Study please visit https://petobesityprevention.org/ to learn more about the increase in pet obesity from 2016 to 2017.
"56% of dogs and 60% of cats were classified as clinically overweight (body condition score (BCS) 6-7) or obese (BCS 8-9) by their veterinary healthcare professional. That equals an estimated 50.2 million dogs and 56.5 million cats that are too heavy, based on 2017 pet population projections provided by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). In 2016, APOP found 54% of dogs and 59% of cats were overweight or obese."