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56% of America’s Dogs are Overweight

A recent study from pet food brand Ollie finds that the majority of America’s pooches…

  • November 8, 2018

A recent study from pet food brand Ollie finds that the majority of America’s pooches are a bit on the porky side.

Ollie recently released the results of the Ollie 2018 State of Dogs in America Report. The comprehensive report analyzed data from more than 400,000 dogs to uncover what a dog in America’s household looks like, identifying health, nutrition, and overall activity trends.

How Many Dogs are Overweight? 

Although the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention finds that 56% of America’s dogs are overweight, Ollie’s report reveals that a mere 17% of pet parents think their dog is overweight.

A majority of pet parents (73%) say their dog is the ideal weight and 10% say their dog is too skinny.

“There’s clearly a disconnect between what pet parents think is a healthy weight for their dog, and what’s reality,” added Douzet. “According to the Ollie report, 1 in 5 medium-and large-sized dogs tend to be overweight, compared to 1 in 8 small-sized dogs. Households with multiple dogs also tend to be the most overweight with 60% of four-pet households at their ideal weight, compared to single-dog households with 69% at their ideal weight.”

What are Dogs in the U.S. Eating? 

Traditional kibble reigns supreme with 75% of dogs eating dry food. 12% of dogs eat freshly cooked food, followed by wet food (6%), a mix of dry and wet food (4%,) raw food (2%,) and freeze-dried food (2%.)

Despite chicken being the most common allergy dogs have, it is the number one protein fed to dogs. Following chicken, the top proteins dogs eat are beef, lamb, salmon, and turkey.

What are the Biggest Dog Food Trends? 

The dog food revolution is starting with pint-sized foodies and coastal cities: 20% of toy and small dogs eat alternatives to traditional wet and dry food, compared to 12% of large dogs. In addition, New York is home to the largest number of dogs eating freshly cooked food (17%,) followed by Los Angeles (15%,) San Francisco (15%,) San Diego (14%,) and Boston (14%.)

How does a Dog’s Diet Influence Health? 

Whether it’s a small, medium, or large dog, canines who eat alternatives to dry and wet food are more likely to be at an ideal weight.

According to Ollie’s Wellness Score, dogs who consume dry food or a mix of wet and dry food are the least likeliest to be at their ideal weight. The top three cities with the highest kibble consumption also rank within the top five cities with the unhealthiest dogs: San Antonio (82%,) Phoenix (79%,) and Orlando (78%.)

“For years, pet parents have been fed the myth that dry food was the healthiest choice for their dog,” added Douzet. “However, Ollie’s analysis shows that the complete opposite is true. We hope that by continuing to collect health and nutritional data for dogs, we’ll be able to help pet parents make better informed decisions so their dogs can live healthier, happier, and more appetizing lives.”

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