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October 9 - National Pet Obesity AWARENESS Day

Each year we conduct the Pet Nutrition & Weight Management Survey for pet owners and veterinary professionals. For veterinary clinics, we have moved to a biennial pet obesity prevalence survey. By conducting the prevalence survey every other year, we will be able to continue monitoring trends and enhance our data analysis.

In 2018, an estimated 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the United States were overweight or obese.

click here for the 2018 APOP Pet Obesity Survey results

Pet Obesity Remains a Serious Health Threat, Pet Owners and Veterinary Professionals Confront Conflicting Nutritional and Weight Loss Advice

Click Here for the 2018 APOP Pet Owner and Veterinary Professional Pet Food Survey Results

Pet Owners and Veterinary Professionals Divided on Grain-free, Clean Meats, Raw Meat Diets, and Other Popular Pet Food Trends in Latest Association for Pet Obesity Prevention Survey


Click here (pdf) or here (online) for the final Global Pet Obesity Initiative Position Statement approved by 24 International Veterinary Professional Organizations, including World Small Animal Veterinary Association, American Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors, British Small Animal Veterinary Association, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and more. If your organization would like to join in support, click here.


In APOP's 2018 clinical survey, 55.8% of dogs and 59.5% of cats were classified as clinically overweight (body condition score (BCS) 6-7) or obese (BCS 8-9) by their veterinary healthcare professional. That equals an estimated 50 million dogs and 56 million cats are too heavy, based on 2018-19 pet population projections provided by the American Pet Products Association (APPA).
In 2017, APOP found 56% of dogs and 60% of cats were overweight or obese.