LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Much like their human owners, animals have to deal with unwanted weight, too.
KCAL9’s Sibila Vargas reported that animal obesity is an epidemic across the country with more than 50 percent of pets now overweight.
Natasha, who owns an adorable dog named Colonel, said she knows her furry friend has overindulged in food.
“Every time he goes up the stairs, he expects a treat. You spoil them and then you don’t realize what you’re doing,” she said.
For the past few months, Natasha has been working with Dr. Jeff Werber, a Los Angeles veterinarian, to help her dog lose those stubborn extra pounds.
Werber said cutting calories is the key.
“If you looked at the calorie content of those treats, it would comprise probably one of their two meals. So by doing this on a daily basis, giving them 30, 40 percent more calories than they need, you can imagine what’s gonna happen after a few years,” he said.