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Experts: Dogs, cats affected by obesity too

November 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Humans are not the only ones being affected by obesity in America. There's an obesity epidemic among cats and dogs too.The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates that about half the country's pets are overweight-- that's 90 million cats and dogs.

Experts said the causes are the same as in humans: eating too much, eating unhealthy foods and not exercising enough.

That puts pets at increased risk for conditions like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Veterinarians said if a layer of fat prevents you from easily feeling your pet's ribs, your cat or dog is likely overweight.