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Purina and Aiken Pet Fitness help fight pet obesity

Humans aren't the only ones fighting the battle of the bulge. The number of overweight dogs and cats in America continues to rise. Nearly half (45 percent) of canines and 58 percent of felines are overweight or obese (at least 20 percent above ideal weight), according to a recent survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.

"Many owners don't realize that excess weight puts their pets at greater risk for serious health problems, including arthritis and diabetes," says Dr. Grace Long, a veterinarian with Nestle Purina. "While those health conditions can be nutritionally managed, obesity can be reversed."

pet obesityFortunately, help exists for concerned pet owners. Dr. Sybil Davis, veterinarian and owner of Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation will hosts a series of 10 classes for overweight pets and their owners during Purina’s Project: Pet Slim Down, a 90-day weight loss journey and exercise program sponsored by Purina.

Day, evening and Saturday classes for both dogs and cats begin the week of Jan. 17, and costs $185 per pet. Participants receive a veterinary-supervised weight loss and exercise program, weekly educational discussions and health and wellness recommendations. Group exercise time with participation from pet owners — also is scheduled.

At the end of the project, Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehab will host a celebration party and announce the biggest looser in each dog and cat category. The winner receives a pet portrait and will appear throughout the year on the facility’s Fit Fur-Ever promotional campaigns.

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What our clients say ...

Quinn and I visited Dr. Sybil Davis at Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation this morning. I am so impressed. What a positive experience. The facility, the staff and Dr. Davis are great at what they do. I highly recommend them for any fitness or rehab needs. Thanks for fitting us in.

  — Nancy Webster, Quinn's owner

Snoopy and I love Sybil and Maggie (and Annette too, although we don't see her as often). Snoopy has recovered almost completely from her torn ACL with no surgery.

  — Mary Lou Seymour, Snoopy's owner
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