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Fat cats, pudgy pups: America’s obesity problem spreads to man’s best friends




Dewey the cat is between 24 and 25 pounds. A new survey, to be released Thursday, finds that 58% of cats and 53% of dogs are overweight.
Dewey the cat is between 24 and 25 pounds. A new survey, to be released Thursday, finds that 58% of cats and 53% of dogs are overweight.
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A new survey coming out Thursday finds that 58 percent of cats and 53 percent of dogs are overweight.

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, which is putting out the annual survey, has been tracking pet obesity since 2006. 

Just like in humans, weight issues can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, and other chronic health problems in pets.

Guests: 

Steven Budsberg, DVM,  Professor and Director of Clinical research at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and past-President of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He’s a member of Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, which is releasing its annual pet obesity survey tomorrow.

Oscar Chavez, vet and chief medical officer at Just Food for Dogs, a chain of stores in Southern California that makes healthy food for dogs