The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine based at Tufts University in Grafton, Massachusetts has opened the first obesity clinic for pets in the United States.
Studies have suggested that up to 60 percent of dogs and cats are obese or overweight. However, a recent survey of client-owned animals at the Foster Hospital, one of the busiest teaching hospitals for pets in the US, suggests that that figure may be higher at 70 percent.
Dr Deborah Linder, who will oversee the clinic, says that the clinic will employ sound, research-proven principles in assisting pets to lose weight.
‘We hope to effect change in the obesity epidemic among companion animals.’
Source: Tufts University media statement