As a surprise to absolutely no one, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) recently found that (along with Americans themselves, it seems) American pets are getting fatter. Somehow, pet owners accept that pets as a whole are getting fatter but can’t really admit it when it comes to their own.
When 22% of dog owners and 15% of cat owners were asked about their pet’s weight, they thought nothing of it when really the animals were obese or overweight. If you don’t believe me, check out this intervention style reality show, Project Pet Slim Down, and the choice moments when the owners find out just how morbidly obese their animals are.
How could this have happened? Fortunately, APOP and some other sources have lent us some perspective in this matter:
Pig’s Ears are 182 calories an ear
Milkbones range from 10 to 225 calories depending on the size.
An egg, an apple and a slice of bacon are each around 80 calories.
Pretty meh for people. But for a 10 pound animal whose daily intake should be about 220 calories? It’s a very big deal. But Kristin! A Snausage or Beggin Strip is only 30 calories. Yes, and potato chips are only 11 calories each! How many pets are really just getting one treat a day? (Put your hand down, mom. I know the truth.)
Damn. This is serious. As funny as those obese doggy and kitty photos are, I really can’t make light of this grave situation.
However, since the study did not cover other pets, I will post other obese pets here presumably to teach everyone a valuable lesson about weight management.