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Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 4:32pm.

We all love our pets, but sometimes things we do out of love could end up doing more harm than good for our furry friends. "It became apparent that he had a hip problem and from that point on it's been really important to monitor his weight to help with his hip dysplasia." Helen's dog Hershey is overweight. Helen said, "We were starting to give him some extra food, like table scraps and some human food as treats, but our vet made it very clear that that was not going to be good for Hershey and that it could really damage his health." "We don't recommend table scraps because the diet that you're giving your pet will not be well balanced and a high fat meal can cause pancreatitis." Ward says 45 percent of pets in America are overweight or obese. "Your animal may be overweight... if you cannot easily feel the ribs, you can't see a waist line and their stomach hangs down." All that extra fat can be dangerous for your furry friend. "You pet can develop diseases, osteoporosis, arthritis heart disease, cancer and type-two diabetes, so your pet could die." But with a healthy diet your pleasantly plump pet should be fine. "You should look at your bag of food it tells you exactly how much food for your pets weight, and use a measuring cup don't estimate, measure it." Hershey was just weighed and he was 78 lbs which is 8 lbs more than what we want him to be. So it's just a constant process." If you would like to learn more about how to keep your pet healthy, seaside animal care in Calabash is holding a pet health fair this Saturday at noon.

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