July 4th Edition — An All-American Pet Obesity Epidemic

Keeping our pets safe is a common theme we hear and read about around the Fourth of July every year. This week in pet news in addition to keeping our pup’s safe during the fireworks, we tackle a much larger problem concerning pet safety: obesity.

1 out of 3 dogs and cats in the U.S. is overweight, according to a study released by Banfield Pet Hospital. Dog obesity has risen 158% in the last decade. The sample size included 2 million dogs and 500,000 cats who visited one of Banfield’s hospitals in 2016. Banfield points to several factors leading to the increase. Chief among them — pet owners are not recognizing that their pet is overweight.

Animal control units across the country are bracing for a busy Fourth of July. Recent statistics show that Animal Control units see a 30% increase in lost pet between July 4–6th. Please leave your pet at home for the fireworks and always ensure they wear proper identification when walking.

That’s your week in pet news. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!