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Pets And Obesity

Pets And Obesity


OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE. WHILE THEY MAY LOOK CUTE THE EXTRA FAT IS LIFE-THREATENING. DON DAHLER HAS MORE ON THE WARNING SIGNS FOR PET OWNERS. Reporter: BUSY LIFESTYLES AND UNHEALTHY DIETS ARE WREAKING HAVOC ON OUR PETS. OVERWEIGHT OBESITY IN OUR CATS AND DOGS HAS INCREASED BY 160 TO 170%. Reporter: THE DOCTOR IS THE LEAD VETERINARY RESEARCHER BEHIND A STUDY BY MANFIELD PET HOSPITAL. ONE OUT OF THREE CATS AND DOGS IS OVERWEIGHT. Reporter: THIS IS DUE TO A NUMBER OF FACTORS INCLUDING LACK OF EXERCISE, TOO MUCH FOOD, AND A CHANGING ATTITUDE TOWARDS OUR PETS. WE ARE STARTING TO CONSIDER PETS MORE AND MORE TO BE MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILY. AND SO WE LIKE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THEM AND SHOW OUR AFFECTION TO THEM BY OFFERING THEM TREATS. AND THEY CAN BE PRETTY EASY FOR TO US OFFER TOO MANY TREATS IN A DAY TO OUR PETS. Reporter: THAT’S A PROBLEM BECAUSE JUST AS IN HUMANS, LUGGING AROUND ALL THAT EXTRA WEIGHT CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR PETS’S HEALTH. HEART DISEASE AND RESPIRATORY DISEASE ARE SOMETHING WE’LL SEE. TYPE 2 DIABETES IS SOMETHING WE’LL SEE WITH OBESE CATS AND WE CAN SEE OTHER DISEASES LINKED WITH DOGS BEING OVERWEIGHT. Reporter: SO HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR PET NEEDS THE TREADMILL TREATMENT? AFTER ALL, ANIMALS, ESPECIALLY DOGS, COME IN ALL DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES. THE DOCTOR SAYS YOU CAN USE THIS AS A GENERAL GUIDE. LOOKING AT YOUR PET FROM ABOVE, HE SAYS YOU SHOULD SEE A DISTINCT TUCK AT YOUR DOG OR CAT’S WAIST. AND FROM THE SIDE, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO EASILY FEEL BUT NOT SEE ITS RIBS. THE DOCTOR SAYS THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF LITTLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR ANIMALS. TAKE THEM FOR LONGER WALKS

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