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States With Fattest Pets

States With Fattest Pets

It would seem to make sense that the states with the least amount of outdoor physical activities (lack of mountains, lack of beach, etc) and states with the highest percentage of overweight people would have overweight animals. Think again.

According to a new pet health report from Banfield Pet Hospital, states located in the Midwest of the United States had the most overweight dogs and cats after polling 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cats.

The Center for Diseased Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that three states rank highest for human obesity: Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana; but these states are not the top results for the highest percentage of pet obesity.

Based on new findings, Minnesota ranked #1 for pet obesity with 41 percent of fat dogs and 46 percent of fat cats. Here are the full results:

Top states with overweight dogs:

  1. Minnesota
  2. Nebraska
  3. Michigan
  4. Idaho
  5. Nevada
  6. New Mexico
  7. Washington
  8. Utah
  9. Indiana
  10. Oregon

Top states with overweight cats:

  1. Minnesota
  2. Nebraska
  3. Iowa
  4. Idaho
  5. Delaware
  6. Michigan
  7. Nevada
  8. Kansas
  9. Utah
  10. New Mexico

Most pet owners do not notice that their pets are overweight and do not make changes to diets or exercise; but the smallest change can make a huge difference to improve animal health.

Give your dogs and cats as much outdoor play time as possible. Not only does time outside allow them to sniff new scents and breathe fresh air; but domestic animals can make new friends and socialize with other animals.The average pet needs a minimum of 30 minutes of daily activity to stay fit; and playing with dogs and cats in a fenced-in yard can have a huge impact on pet health. Whether it's throwing a ball, or playing tag, your dog and yourself will get to workout pint-up energy...together!

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