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The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has recently released new weight management guidelines for dogs and cats. It is written with an audience of veterinarians in mind, but is also valuable reading for owners, particularly if you are finding it difficult to help your dog or cat get down to a healthy weight or can't understand why your veterinarian keeps harping on the topic. Credit: Thinkstock The document starts by discussing the severity of the problem... Up to 59% of dogs and cats are overweight, making this the most common nutritional disorder identified in veterinary practice. Excess weight can reduce longevity and adversely affect quality of life. The hormones and...

Buddha, the cat who gained attention for his 31-pound girth and his attempt to lose weight, died Thursday in Franklin, Tenn. He was 6. The cause was congestive heart failure. Although Buddha had been making progress with weight loss, he was recently diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, bringing a halt to his exercise routine. Buddha first gained widespread attention in August of this year. After his owner died, the cat fell into the care of an animal shelter in Nashville, Tenn. At the time, Buddha weighed 31.4 pounds. Penny Adams, a volunteer at the shelter, took on the task of helping Buddha lose weight. "I was concerned that either he would be put down because of his age and...

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Amazing Before-and-After Pics of Obie the Once-Obese Dachshund

Some may have called it Mission: Impossible, but Obie the Dachshund was determined to lose 40 pounds from his obese frame. According to KXL-FM, Obie has reached his goal and is looking good.  ...