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Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM
Veterinary Media Consultant

When a Little is Way Too Much

Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald

...Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald


You’ve seen them…that pudgy pup waddling down the street.   They look cute with the swaying of their thunder thighs and paunchy gut almost touching the ground.  And those internet photos of the 30lb. cat, who wouldn’t go ‘ahhhh what a honey of a chunky monkey’.  Deep down you say to yourself, my pet isn’t that fat.  It just has big bones.  My cat must have Maine Coon in it.  That’s why it is so chubby.  It really doesn’t eat that much.  But did you know that 1 extra pound on a Chihuahua is like a 125lb. woman gaining 30lb.s!  Though my guest is a stand up comic and internationally recognized veterinarian of Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, obesity in our cats and dogs is no laughing matter. 

We will talk about how to recognize if your pet is fat and not fluffy.  What are the health risks associated with being overweight?  How to put your pet safely on a diet?  What are calorie safe treats for your pets?  And calculating how much to feed your pet.

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