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National Pet Obesity Awareness Day brings attention to growing problem

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Thursday is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.

Banfield Pet Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia has dubbed it that because of the startling rise in the number of overweight pets.

A recent study by the animal hospital says one in four cats or dogs could stand to lose some pounds 37 percent of dogs are overweight or obese.

But for cats, that number is a staggering 90 percent.

Despite the numbers, nearly three quarters of pet owners think their furry friend is fine just the way they are.

Veterinarians say obesity in pets causes the same problems it does in humans like arthritis and heart disease, higher risk of arthritis, heart disease and respiratory problems.

Experts also say doggie diabetes has risen 32 percent in just four years.

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