CHICAGO (WKOW) -- Wednesday is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day and veterinarians say more than half of America's pets still face that problem.
According to a survey done last year by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 55 percent of cats and dogs in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese, while the 2011 survey found 54 percent overweight or obese.
Just as it does for people, obesity causes many problems for their pets. In addition to decreased life expectancy, overweight animals are at risk for cranial cruciate ligament injury, heart and respiratory disease, insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes, as well as osteoarthritis.
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