America’s dogs and cats are too fat

With 54% of dogs and 60% of cats overweight or obese, pets are increasingly treated for obesity-related conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, much like their owners. Veterinarian Ernie Ward, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, says obesity affects pets’ attitudes, too, contributing to lethargy and inactivity, but feeding appropriate portions, choosing healthy snacks and adding regular exercise can prevent health problems that obesity sets off.The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (3/7)

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