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jon.roberts, Flickr How to Ward Off Holiday Weight Gain in Pets By Dr. Ernie Ward via Vetstreet We're in the final stretch of that terrible trifecta of weight gain: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. The 39 days in between these holidays offer a multitude of meals for your family to gorge upon. The trouble is that we also share these food celebrations with our pets, resulting in the accumulation of unwanted pounds for all of us. By the time the last bit of confetti has fallen, many of us are in desperate need of a fresh start - and a diet. So what's an animal lover to do? How can we share the holidays with our pets in a more healthful manner? SEE ALSO: Few Cat Lovers Know Risks of...

Photo illusration by Laura Gilbert (Getty/Laura Gilbert) Wherein I try to get my pets to a healthy cat weight. Previously on DeeDee and Tino's Weight Loss Blog, the vet informed me that I was feeding my fat cats too much. Like, way too much. I was advised to dole out two 5.5-ounce cans of wet food each day instead of just a single can plus the 16 ounces of kibble I was allowing my two to graze on all day. Why 16 ounces of kibble? With an unpredictable schedule, I worried that if DeeDee and Tino didn't have access to food when I was out they'd grow hungry, hurt and distrustful. You've seen these two patheitc creatures -- haven't they been through enough in their lives? But my vet...

Tino and DeeDee at their largest. Photo: Laura Gilbert/Paw Nation Wherein I try to get my pets to a healthy cat weight. The obesity epidemic in America is a major health threat that affects almost half of all citizens. But what many don't know is that the pet obesity epidemic is nearly as prevalent. In fact, it currently affects up to 100% of all the cats in my household. Meet Tino and DeeDee. They're brother and sister, rescued from the mean streets of Brooklyn by good people, then adopted by me, only to be overfed into rotund walking risk factors. DeeDee and Tino recently turned ten years old and have started to slow down and plump up. My vet had previously recommended they lose...