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July 3, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's not just a people problem: Growing rates of obesity in pets have led to the emergence of fat farms offering “pawlates,” ‘'doga” and “Barko Polo,” doggie versions of Pilates, yoga and Marco Polo to help slim down man's best friend.
In the U.S., 53 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, up from 45 percent four years ago. In cats, the figure is almost 58 percent, said Dr. Ernie Ward, a veterinarian and founder of the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention in Calabash, North Carolina. Overweight pets can suffer diabetes, joint problems, heart disease and decreased life expectancy, just like obese people, he said.
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