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More Than 50 percent of U.S. Pets are Overweight (Video)

Animal obesity is an epidemic across the country with more than 50 percent of pets now overweight, reports CBS Los Angeles (video below).

Dr. Jeff Werber, a Los Angeles veterinarian, says that owners are seeking help to lose extra pounds. As with humans, cutting the calories a dog consumes is the key.

“If you looked at the calorie content of those treats, it would comprise probably one of their two meals. So by doing this on a daily basis, giving them 30, 40 percent more calories than they need, you can imagine what’s gonna happen after a few years,” Dr. Werber told CBS Los Angeles.

"You want to see an indentation in the waist. When you see them like a box, that’s too big, it’s like a coffee table. Likewise, if you can grab too much skin, it’s too much. You want to be able to feel the ribs, not see them, but feel them.”

Source: CBS Los Angeles

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