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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Humans in US Not the Only Fat Slobs

Yes, our dogs are fatty fatty fat fats too.

People are not the only ones fighting the battle of the bulge, millions of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, according to animal experts.

Up to 40 percent, or 17 million dogs, are carrying excess weight which could cause future health problems, but many of their owners are not even aware of it.

"What we've found in talking with dog owners is that it's difficult for them to see the reality that their own pet may be overweight or obese, instead of just chubby or fluffy," said Lisa Peterson of the American Kennel Club Humane Fund.

"Studies are indicating that there are approximately 17 million dogs out there that may be overweight or obese. It is a troubling statistic that dogs are gaining weight, just as humans are," she added in an interview.

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