January 20, 2013

Pudgy Pups, Corpulent Cats

1 First US Obesity Clinic for Pets Now Open

The nation's first veterinary obesity clinic, geared specifically to treat weight problems in household pets, has been opened at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Despite the fact that surveys of vet clinics have found as many as 70 percent of America's dogs and cats to be obese or overweight, fewer than 100 veterinarians nationwide have been board-certified as specialists in veterinary nutrition; three of them will be working at the new clinic. Overweight in pets can lead to joint disorders, skin diseases, diabetes, pancreatitis, respiratory complications and shortened life expectancy. Since pets often reflect their owners' dietary and exercise attitudes, a primary goal of the clinic will be to teach owners how and why to control their pets' weight.

More at Now.tufts.edu | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Overweight Pest Have More Health Problems

Tags: Pet Obesity, Obesity Treatment for Pets, Veterinary Weight-Loss Clinic, Tufts University Veterinary School, Overweight Dogs and Cats, Weight Loss for Dogs and Cats

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