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Good Question: How can I help my four legged friends slim down?

Porky pooches and fat cats, America has more than its fair share of both.

Letting your pets weight balloon could deflate your bank account.

Good Question: How can I help my four legged friends slim down?

Americans have battled the bulge for years, now our four legged friends are on the front lines.

"People say well I only give them a few milk bones a day, but that's like eating a few Snickers bars a day, it adds up quite a bit," said Dr. Robert Moore a veterinarian.

Veterinarian clinics are now stocked with fast selling pet diet food, treats, and even a weight loss drug to help dogs drop pounds.

" I see a lot of obese patients, and some with obese owner also, but some people a lot of people just like to feed their pets. You know its how they show their love," said Dr. Moore.

So how big of a problem is it?

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention says 53% of cats and 55% of dogs are either obese or overweight.

Just like humans being overweight can lead to arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure even kidney disease.

"You can tell by looking at them and feeling their sides to see if you can feel their ribs easily. Check to see if you've got a waist. They narrow at the waist. They should also narrow at their belly."

Cats are considered obese at 19 pounds, Fido at 48 pounds.

So what keeps them fit and trim?

Doctors say its the same as for you and me.

"The number one thing, just like people is diet and exercise. You want to increase their exercise, preferably low impact stuff like you know walks and swimming."


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