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Survey: 55% of U.S. pets considered obese

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ALBANY, N.Y. – National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is Wednesday and Veterinarians are encouraging pet parents to keep an eye on their pet's weight.

According to doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners, more than half of America's pets are considered obese. 

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention conducted a survery last year which estimated 55% of cats and dogs in the United States are considered overweight or obese.  That was a 1% increase from the previous year's survey.

Animals who are overweight have a decreased life-expectancy, a higher risk of cranial cruciate ligament injury, heart and respiratory disease, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and osteoarthritis. 

While diet and exercise are both key to preventing obesity in pets, they should also be seen by a family veterinarian at least twice a year. 

For more information about National Pet Obesity Awareness day, contact your veterinarian and visit: http://www.petobesityprevention.com/

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