Pet hospital survey finds Minnesota has fattest cats, dogs in country


A new survey of more than 800 animal hospitals across the country finds that Minnesota's cats and dogs have a huge weight problem, the Huffington Post reports.

According to the numbers compiled by the Banfield Pet Hospital, Minnesota has the highest prevalence of overweight and obesity in cats and dogs.

After Minnesota on the list of heaviest cats are Nebraska, Iowa, Utah are Oklahoma, and following the state on the list of heaviest dogs are Utah, Nebraska, Nevada and Iowa.

The Banfield survey covered 43 states. Nationwide, the survey found one in four pets are overweight.

Despite the dire numbers, 76 percent of dog owners and 69 percent of cat owners feel their pets are fine just the way they are.

While Minnesota may have the most overweight cats and dogs, the state actually has fewer pets than most of the country.

The Star Tribune reports that the American Veterinary Medical Association found that the state ranks 42nd in the country in pet ownership, with 53 percent of households owning a pet -- three percent below the national average.

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