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Increase in numbers among obese pets

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Veterinarian Ivy Chupp explains how pets can reduce their chances of becoming overweight Veterinarian Ivy Chupp explains how pets can reduce their chances of becoming overweight
Daily exercise can reduce a pets chances of becoming overweight Daily exercise can reduce a pets chances of becoming overweight
Good quality brand dog food is also important for a dog's diet Good quality brand dog food is also important for a dog's diet

Veterinarians are seeing a growing number of obese pets come through their facilities. About 50 percent of dogs and cats that visit the vet are overweight.

Health risks include heart disease, diabetes, and orthopedic issues. Vets say you should be able to see a trim waistline on your pet and feel its ribs without seeing them. They say you should carefully look at the food you buy for your pets.

 "Feeding a good quality dog food is the most important part thing, there is always a feeding guideline on the back of the bag," said Bush Animal Clinic Veterinarian Ivy Chupp. "It's so easy to look at your pets eyes and think well he's starving I think I need to give him more. You really do need to stick with the recommended feeding guidelines and every food is different, so look on the back of your bag. Treats are fine in moderation."

Vets say your animals should stay away from table food and taking your pet out a few minutes a day for exercise can reduce their chances of being overweight.

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