Feb. 23, 2011 -- It's a fact: Americans are getting fatter -- and Fluffy and Fido are joining in.
A study released today from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that about 93 million dogs and cats in America -- or more than half of the dogs and cats in the United States -- are overweight or obese.
Obesity is a serious problem for pets. It can take years from their life expectancy.
Wendy Bounds wrote about the growing problem in an article in the Wall Street Journal. Bounds appeared on "Good Morning America" today to talk about the issue and to share tips on what you can do to help your beloved family pets lose the excess weight.
Pound-Paring Pet Products
The Doggie Treadmill: PetZen Dogtread's products are specially made for pets, so they can withstand drool and pet hair. Don't leave your dogs unsupervised on the treadmill, Bound said. It's designed for dogs that weigh up to 30 pounds, she added.
Cost: $599.99 to $999.99, from Petzen Dogtread. Get more information at www.dogtread.com
Programmable Feeder, Controlled Portions: Labels on pet food can be misleading and you may inadvertently be feeding your dog too much. Hill's Science Diet system offer pre-measured food packages, she said. The Petmate Le Bistro Feeder offers automatic feeders so you can have better control over your pet's portions, Bounds noted.