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Obesity and pets

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Emilie Ikeda reports Video: Obesity and pets
Emilie Ikeda reports Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:21:01 +0000 Obesity and pets Emilie Ikeda reports WHAG just as obesity has become a serious problem in people -- it's also a growing problem in our furry friends... morgan: whag's emilie ikeda talks to a local veternarian about addressing pet obesity.... <<emilie ikeda reporting: how can you ignore a face like this -- natsot emilie ikeda reporting: when it's looking up at you earnestly by the dinner table? rachel cliffton, pet-owner: "i think the same for people is for dogs, food is kind of happiness. they're obviously really excited when you give them an extra special snack. they're full on smiling, and they're just so excited. it's hard not to spoil your pets." emilie ikeda reporting: just like with humans -- over- eating is leading to a rough road for a growing number of our furry friends... dr. julie augustine, associate veternarian at pet dominion: "whether it's them or us, the additional treats, a little bit of table food, those things add up, especially in a dog that may not be as active." emilie ikeda reporting: about 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs in the u-s are overweight, according to a survey by the association for pet obesity prevention... this increasing trend is resulting in serious conditions -- like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease -- symptoms strikingly similar to those seen in overweight people. dr. julie augustine, associate veternarian at pet dominion: "if you see more straight lines than curvy lines, as far as a dip in at the waste and tucked up at the abdomen, that's a good way to say, hey listen, we may have to ease off the extra kibble that we're feeding." natsot emilie ikeda reporting: 20 percent over the ideal body weight is considered obese in pets -- but the ideal weight is relative... depending on the animal's breed, age, body type, and metabolism. dr. julie augustine, associate veternarian at pet dominion: "don't necessarily feed what the back of the bag tells you to feed, because that's based on a dog that probably has a certain level of activity." emilie ikeda, @emilieikeda: "it's not a matter of cutting out treats altogether. the key is, probably something you've heard before, everything in moderation." natsot emilie ikeda reporting: in montgomery county, emilie ikeda, whag news. >> tasmin: tasmin:

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