Biggest loser pet contest helps pets loose weight!

From The Register-Herald in Beckley, West Virginia comes this story we found from E-Vet Clinic - Dog Health Care Blog...

By Bev Davis
Register-Herald senior editor

NIMITZ — If your pet needs an added incentive to get in shape for the summer, New River Animal Hospital might have just the prize package that will get Fido and Fluffy up and moving.

Dr. Connie Hyler-Both and her staff will host a biggest loser pet contest with weigh-ins for dogs Monday and for cats Tuesday. Canines and felines will be confronted with the dreaded scales from 6 to 7 p.m. each day.

“We wanted to do something that would promote better health for our pets,” said Hyler-Both, who has become concerned about the increase in the number of overweight and obese pets. “About 40 percent of the animals in the United States are overweight, and about 25 percent are obese.”

Carrying around an excess amount of weight has been shown to shorten the lives of cats and dogs as much as two years, she said.

“Just as with humans, obesity contributes to diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other joint problems, liver disease and other ailments.”