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Is your pet overweight?

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Obie weighed 77 lbs. last September when he appeared on NBC's TODAY Show Obie weighed 77 lbs. last September when he appeared on NBC's TODAY Show
Dr. Steve Whatley Dr. Steve Whatley
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Pets who are too heavy are prone to many of the same maladies that plague humans who are obese. To draw attention to this fact, National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, is being observed today.

While there are many stays and many neglected dogs in America, a study by The Association For Pet Obesity Prevention, shows that 53% of household adult dogs in the U.S. are overweight.

"Because people bring their pets in year after year and each year some people their pets are within a tenth of a pound and others are ten pounds over. You just don't know that it's happening over the year because their watching them and looking at them everyday, so weighing them is a good thing," said Albany Veterinarian Dr. Steve Whatley.

Vets also say pets should have a body condition score of five on the one to nine scale.

There are a variety of safe and affordable (some that cost nothing at all) weight loss options, many of which can benefit not only the pet but its owner as well.

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has launched campaigns to fight pet obesity within the veterinary medical community, veterinary schools, and state and local veterinary organizations, and has reached out to various media outlets.

The group is made up of dedicated veterinarians and veterinary healthcare personnel who are committed to making the lives of dogs, cats, all other animals and people healthier and more vital.

On October 10 the group wants you to record simple information for each pet that you perform a routine examination on that day. How many pets and the detail of information you obtain is up to you.

Their goal is to determine more accurately the exact number of pets in the United States that are overweight or obese.