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The National Research Council reports that as many as one-fourth of cats and dogs in the Western world are overweight. The study, Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats, says that there are more overweight pets today than in the past, and that the problem seems to be occurring at younger ages.

It is recommended that, in order to stave off this animal world obesity epidemic, that pets get more exercise and eat less.
KC's View:
We can see it now: "Atkins For Pets," in booksellers everywhere.