Obie, the 77-Pound Dachshund
If pets are a reflection of their owners, it’s no surprise they’re facing a similar obesity epidemic, with reportedly 60 to 70 percent of cats and dogs overweight. Owners are beginning to notice and so are vets—with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University opening a first-of-its-kind pet obesity clinic.
Obie, the 77-pound dachshund, is the perfect example of how “big” the problem has become. Morbidly obese and nearly twice as heavy as a healthy dachshund—it’s safe to say Obie was overfed. But you can do things today to make sure your pooch maintains a healthy weight.
The next time you reach for a treat as positive reinforcement, opt for some one-on-one time with fido instead. We’re sure they’ll enjoy tagging along during one of these activities and it’s a healthier way for man and man’s best friend to bond.
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-Jennifer Weaver, video editor
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