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Everything Animals: Pet Obesity

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We constantly hear about obesity levels rising among people, but what about our pets?

According to recent study, more than half of the dogs and cats in the U.S. are tipping the scales as overweight or obese. For pets, obesity is defined as 20 to 25 percent over the ideal weight.

And experts say the bigger issue is that only one out of every five pet owners sees their animal's obesity as an issue.

"Well I think we sort of reset our scales -- when we look at a pet what we think is overweight or obese," says veterinarian Karen Bradley with Onion River Animal Hospital. "Just like us -- we need exercise. And we need to watch the calories. And the one thing about calories that's amazing about our pets is that we control what they eat. So having a free choice bowl of food all the time is not going to work for most pets."

Vets say feeding dogs at defined times, keeping them active, and limiting treats are the keys to keeping them at a healthy weight.

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