Data from AVMA show that at least 1 in 3 pet cats and dogs in America is overweight, which can result in more serious health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. The causes of obesity are essentially the same for people and pets -- insufficient exercise and excessive calorie intake -- so owners are advised to give pets enough exercise, cut back on pet treats and consult with a veterinarian about maintaining their companion's healthy weight, per this article.

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