19 Apr '11, 12am

Is Your Pooch Too Pudgy?

Is Your Pooch Too Pudgy?

Half of the dogs and cats in this country are overweight, putting them at risk of joint pain, diabetes, and shortened life spans. By Margaret Littman, Prevention Americans aren’t the only ones whose waistlines are expanding–our pets are getting bigger too. “In twenty years I have watched pets get supersized in front of my eyes,” says Ernie Ward, DVM, a Calabash, NC, a veterinarian, author of Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter , and founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). Just over half of all cats and dogs in US households are either overweight or obese, reports the APOP 2009 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study, and the reasons our pets are packing on the pounds aren’t that different from the reasons their owners are. Just as we’re eating larger portions and more snacks than a generation ago, so are our pets. Because our lives are busie...

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