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The Pet Doctor, Your Pet Health Matters on PetLifeRadio.comBernadine D. Cruz, DVM, host of The Pet Doctor

Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM
Veterinary Media Consultant

Diets, Denial and Death
Melissa Morrison   on Pet Life Radio .........

..Melissa Morrison &
..Maggie Muller


You probably remember the admonition that you should never ask a woman her age, if she is pregnant and if she has had any work done.  It would seem that veterinarians have been subliminally instructed not to bring up the subject of pet obesity unless the pet’s toes can’t reach the floor past its belly.  Yes, a pudgy pet can be cute but that cuteness can lead to a myriad of medical issues, a decreased quality of life and a markedly shortened life span. 

Obesity is an epidemic for people and pets.  Research is finding that there is more to being overweight than just a lack of will power.  White fat, the type found in our bellies, is very chemically active, producing chemicals that can damage our skin, hearts, joints and may even contribute to the development of certain types of cancer.

OK, so we know our pet may be more fat than fluffy.  You have tried cutting back on the treats and changed to a low calorie food but it just isn’t losing weight.  What is a pet owner to do?  My guest is Melissa Morrison, one of the founders of Fur Fitness based in Upland, CA.  She will tell us about the pet Fitness Challenge and ways you can help your cat and dog slim down and have some fun in the process.

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