The majority of dogs and cats in the US are overweight

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The Majority Of Dogs And Cats In The U.S. Are Overweight


The majority of pet cats and dogs in the U.S. are carrying extra weight.

In the eighth year of an annual survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 58 percent of cats and 53 percent of dogs were found to be overweight in 2014.

The research also shows that 28.1 percent of cats and 17.6 percent of dogs were reportedly obese, which is when the animal is more than 30 percent its ideal body weight.

Part of this problem is due to the owners' inability to recognize that their pets are heavier than they should be.

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The majority of dogs and cats in the US are overweight

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THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Afghan Hound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Airedale Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Akita at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: American English Coonhound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: American Eskimo Dog (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: American Staffordshire Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: American Water Spaniel -- (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Anatolian Shepherd Dog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Australian Cattle Dog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Australian Shepherd at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Australian Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: A Basenji at the American Kennel Club 'Meet The Breeds' Event at Jacob Javitz Center on September 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Basset Hound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Beagle 13 in. (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Beauceron at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Bedlington Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Belgian Malinois at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Belgian Sheepdog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Belgian Tervuren at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Bernese Mountain Dog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014-- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Bichon Frise at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Black Russian Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014-- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Black and Tan Coonhound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Best In Breed, Bloodhound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Bluetick Coonhound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Borzoi at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Boston Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Boxer (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Boykin Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Briard at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Brittany (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A Brussels Griffon competes in the 138th annual Westminster Dog Show at the Piers 92/94 on February 10, 2014 in New York City. The annual dog show showcases the best dogs from around world for the next two days in New York. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Bulldog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Bullmastiff at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Canaan Dog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Cane Corso at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Coco, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, competes in the Best in Show category in the Westminster Dog Show on February 11, 2014 in New York City. The Best in Show award went to Sky, a wire fox terrier. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Best of Breed, Grantilley Galaxy Moon the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Cesky Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Chesapeake Bay Retriever at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Chinese Crested (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Chinese Shar-Pei (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Chinook at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
A Chow Chow gets groomed backstage during the 2009 Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York on February 9, 2009. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Clumber Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Cocker Spaniels at the American Kennel Club 'Meet The Breeds' Event at Jacob Javitz Center on September 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic)
Two Curly-Coated Retrievers sitting in the meadow
A Long haired Dachshund seen in the benching area at Pier 92 and 94 in New York City for the first day of competition at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 10, 2014. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a two-day, all-breed benched show that takes place at both Pier 92 and 94 and at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Dalmatian at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Dandie Dinmont Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Doberman Pinscher at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Dogue de Bordeaux at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: English Cocker Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Pictured: Sporting Group- English Setter -- (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: English Springer Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: English Toy Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Entlebucher Mountain Dog (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Pictured: Sporting Group- Field Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Finnish Lapphund at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Finnish Spitz (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Flat-coated Retriever (Photo by: EyeOn/UIG via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: French Bulldog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Pictured: Working Group - German Pinscher (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: German Shepherd at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Pictured: German Shorthaired Pointer (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: German Wirehaired Pointer Gch Mt. View's Ripsortersilvercharm runs during the Sporting Group competition at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 12, 2013 in New York City. Best of breed dogs competed for Best in Show at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. A total of 2,721 dogs from 187 breeds and varieties competed in the event, hailed by organizers as the second oldest sporting competition in America, after the Kentucky Derby. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Glen of Imaal Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: A Golden Retriever competes in the Westminster Dog Show on February 11, 2014 in New York City. The annual dog show has been showcasing the best dogs from around world for the last two days in New York. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Gordon Setter (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Great Dane at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Great Pyrenees (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Greyhound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Havanese (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Ibizan Hound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Icelandic Sheepdog (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Irish Red and White Setter at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW SHOW -- 'The 136th Annual Dog Show on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 in New York City' -- Pictured: Best in Show, Irish Setter (Photo by: Anthony Behar/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Irish Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Irish Water Spaniel at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Irish Wolfhound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Italian Greyhound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' Japanese Chin at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Toy Group -- Japanese Chin (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Keeshond (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 11: Kerry blue terrier Torums Scarf Michael, commonly known as Mick, poses after winning the Best of Show award on the final day of the 127th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden February 11, 2003 in New York City, New York. Over 2600 canines competed in the show. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Komondor at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Pictured: Working Group - Kuvasz (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Labrador Retriever at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Lakeland Terrier (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Leonberger (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Lhasa Apso at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Lowchen (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
A Maltese runs around the ring in the Toy Group during the 2009 133rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York February 10, 2009. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Miniature Schnauzer's wait in the ring during the first day at the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 11, 2008 in New York City. The dog show, established in 1877, is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Josh, a Newfoundland stands by his handler, Michelle Ostermiller, after Josh was named Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show February 10, 2004 in New York City. The award capped two days of competition among more than 2,500 dogs. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Norwegian Buhund (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' Norwegian Elkhound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Norwegian Elkhound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' Norwegian Lundehund at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: non-sporting -- Norwegian Lundehund (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 9: Coco, a Norwich terrier, stands at her handler's feet during the Westminster Dog Show February 9, 2004 in New York City. Coco is among the favorites to be named Best in Show on the evening of February 10th. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Old English Sheepdog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Otterhound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: A papillon dog 'Carly' performs at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show press conference at Madison Square Garden on January 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Pharaoh Hound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Plott at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Pointer (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Pomeranian (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Best In Breed, Standard Poodle at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: A Portuguese Podengo Pequeno attends the The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Press Conference at Madison Square Garden on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/WireImage)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Portuguese Water Dog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Puli at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Pyrenean Shepherd (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: A rat terrier attends the The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Press Conference at Madison Square Garden on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/WireImage)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Rhodesian Ridgeback (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Pictured: Working Group - Rottweiler (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Saluki at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Schipperke at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Scottish Deerhound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014-- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Shetland Sheepdog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Shiba Inu (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Shih Tzu at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 -- Pictured: Siberian Husky (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Silky Terrier (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Skye Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE 133rd WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'Sporting Dog, Spinone Italiano at The 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' (Photo by Gary He/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Elizabeth Selewski with Izzy the St Bernard in the benching area in the benching area at Pier 92 and 94 in New York City on the second day of competition at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 11, 2014. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a two-day, all-breed benched show that takes place at both Pier 92 &94 and at Madison Square Garden in New York City . AFP PHOTO / Timothy Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Standard Schnauzer at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Pictured: Sporting Group- Sussex Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Swedish Vallhund at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Tibetan Mastiff at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Tibetan Spaniel at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Toy Fox Terrier (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Treeing Walker Coonhound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Welsh Springer Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Welsh Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
A West Highland White Terrier in the Agility Ring during the first-ever Masters Agility Championship on February 7, 2014 in New York at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility trial will be on hand to demonstrate skills required to negotiate some of the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. AFP PHOTO/Timothy Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Whippet at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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In fact, the majority of the owners of overweight pets--90 percent with cats and 95 percent with dogs--considered their animals to be normal in appearance.

This difference between perception and reality, termed the "fat pet gap," is of particular concern to veterinarians since weight loss cannot happen without the owner's acknowledgment that a problem exists.

Obesity in pets can cause similar health problems as it does in humans, including shorter lifespans and diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer.

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