Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Wordless Wednesday Edition

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In support of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, we created an infographic with some thought-provoking facts and figures on the pet obesity problem in the US. We plan to create a second infographic this month highlighting reader tips & advice for keeping their pets fit as well as featuring some inspiring before/after success stories. In the meantime, please help us address the pet obesity problem and SHARE this infographic with your friends & fellow dog lovers – especially those that may have a pet that is overweight. This is such a costly, yet solvable problem! Let’s all get off of our butts and workout with our mutts!

Click here to learn more about how you can participate in the 2013 pet obesity survey conducted by Dr. Ernie Ward and the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention.


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  1. This is a great info-graphic! We’re very conscious about keeping Moses and Alma lean – it’s easier on their joints, which are typical problem areas for giant breeds. And with Moses’ health history (spinal surgery), it’s best to keep him lean so he can move around easily.
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    • So true and good for you. Dogs (and humans) with injury histories or prone to injury should stay as lean as possible. It becomes even more important as they age.
      steve recently posted…Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Wordless Wednesday EditionMy Profile

  2. Great message and we will share your infographic. My dogs are a breed prone to leg problems, so we are extra conscious about weight for that reason and the many others.
    Kristin recently posted…Firehouse YorkiesMy Profile

    • Good for you and thanks for sharing. You should consider some of the other types of exercises (core, balance, strength) which can help dogs who are prone to leg injuries. Check out our FitDog Friday series for some ideas.
      steve recently posted…Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Wordless Wednesday EditionMy Profile

  3. Great infographic. Mr. N gets weighed weekly and I try to keep him a tad underweight.
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  4. Awesome infographic! Will be sharing…and enjoying!
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  5. Great job on the infographic! What a great way to spread the message.
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  6. Love this infographic. Our household falls into the category of humans who struggle with weight but dogs that do not… I wish I had someone doing my portion control and exercise regimen for me!!! 🙂
    Bethany recently posted…Three By Three Wordless WednesdayMy Profile

    • Have your dogs dole out your food 😉

      Keep exercising with your dogs and make small adjustments to what you eat and you will be fine.

      Have you read Peggy Frezon’s new book, Dieting with my Dog Guide to Weight Loss & Maintenance? It is full of tips for humans and dogs.
      steve recently posted…Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Wordless Wednesday EditionMy Profile

      • I don’t have Peggy’s new book yet but, sadly, all the tips in the world won’t help me. I’m a fitness professional so I know my issue is a lack of self-discipline. But with my dogs holding me accountable, I’m always moving for and with them- usually with a cupcake in hand, though! 🙂
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  7. Love the info-graph and just shared it via google +. I am always concerned with Maggie’s weight and try to get her running when we are out on walks.
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  8. Great infographic! And your site is telling me that my comment is not long enough to publish. What’s up with that?!
    Sue at Talking Dogs recently posted…Wordless Wednesday: Celebrating Rudy!My Profile

  9. Love this info-graph! The numbers are outrageous! I’m hoping one day there will more pets in the slim and trim category rather than the overweight category!
    Jen recently posted…Keeping My Dogs From Becoming A Fat StatisticMy Profile

  10. Good Morning! Great infograph!! I will be sharing sometime today.

    As you know from our past conversations, Callie and Shadow are maintaining their weight loss of last year. I need to write that post, too — just haven’t had a chance to do it — which reminds me that I need to change something in the petsmove diary.

  11. This was a great message, will be sharing. You did a excellent job on it!
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  12. Great info graphic. I hate seeing obese dogs, makes me feel so bad for them.

  13. What a cool infographic! Your statistics make me sad. More people have dogs than kids? That’s heartbreaking. Obesity is heartbreaking, too, but that just stuck out.
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    • Don’t be sad about it. A lot of it is to the secular nature of our human generational time periods and how that impacts birth rates and family makeup. Besides, it is kind of cool that dogs are such an integral part of the American family.
      steve recently posted…Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Wordless Wednesday EditionMy Profile

  14. I’m about to write a new post concerning the pet obesity awareness day, but it’s going to be a take on the opposite end of the scale, per se…pet weight loss. If you’ve seen my latest Facebook status update, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

  15. GREAT graphic! Shared with all Jake’s fans!
    Smilin’ Jake Peaboo & his momz, Beverly recently posted…Wordless Wednesday: Fighting Pet ObesityMy Profile

  16. Love the infographic, I’m sharing!
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  17. thanks for sharing such an important message. too many pets are obese, i see many as a pet sitter. a good diet and exercise are necessary for body, mind and spirit!
    Paula recently posted…Wordless Wednesday: Howl-o-Ween PastMy Profile

    • Sure thing, thanks Paula. Please share and let others know about our site. Have you joined yet?
      steve recently posted…Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Wordless Wednesday EditionMy Profile

      • i will be more than happy to share and i haven’t joined pets move. i will check it out, thanks.
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        • Thanks Paula!

  18. Love the infographic. will definitely have to share it. Like that you go straight to people’s concern about $$$$ to create a reaction – ie. how much you would be saving if you didn’t overfeed your dog. Definitely a different angle from all the rest. Well Done & Happy WW
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  19. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing all this info with us. I love how you present all the facts 🙂 Happy WW!
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  20. Great infographic. Tried to share it on Facebook but it just spun and spun and wouldn’t take me to the ‘share’ page, darn it. Will share on Twitter!
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  21. Love the message. Shared it too and linked to you and PetsMove. Maybe cross link with us too X TH

  22. Great infographic! Love it!
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  23. What a fantastic info graphic! I really love how you did this!
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  24. Misty is having her weight monitored and will certainly want to read this! Thanks for sharing it with us!
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  25. Way to go! Great job getting the message out!

  26. Great infographic! Now there is no excuse for dog obesity!!
    Francesca Villa recently posted…Three Things I Would Have Done Differently… (Thoughts on Leash Reactivity)My Profile

    • Agreed. There is no reason for so many chubby puppies- not when it costs them years of their life and their owners lots of money!

      Have you joined up at It is our new community where people can track their dog’s activities, compete for prizes, and get advice from other members.
      steve recently posted…Your Dog as a Workout Partner – Research RecapMy Profile

  27. When I adopted my dog, he was pretty chunky. We always joke that he must have only eaten cheeseburgers in his last home, because after we got him, he lost 10 pounds in about four months while free-feeding! All it took for him was getting active and eating as much good food as he wants. I certainly understand that it’s not always so easy and not every dog is so lucky, but it really drove home how much influence we have over this problem just by what we offer our dogs. Is it basically “junk food kibble” or is it good food? Do we love by playing fetch or by snuggling on the couch? That’s most of the battle right there.*

    *Says someone who is eating Boo Berry cereal while typing this comment!
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    • Totally agree.

      Proper exercise and proper feeding amount and food quality are the keys to having a healthy and fit dog. Check out the Slimdoggy app in the App store and the Slimdoggy calculator on the right side of our website to make sure you are feeding proper amounts of the right stuff.
      steve recently posted…Your Dog as a Workout Partner – Research RecapMy Profile

  28. This is such a great infographic! Thanks for sharing and we support that dogs need to be fit %100!
    Mom says she wants us to live forever, so she keeps us very fit! 🙂

  29. Very nice info graphic! Good information.
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