The 2nd Avenue Animal Hospital begins the First "Biggest Loser: Pet Edition" Contest on June 15.
Dr. Rene Lefranc estimates that half of the cats and dogs he treats are overweight. And just like humans, our pets can suffer from diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses associated with being overweight.
If you can feel your pet's ribs easily, your pet is probably not overweight. However, if you have to dig your fingers in your pet's midsection, he's probably overweight.
The contest begins June 15 and will end on Sept. 15.
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Each pet will be required to weigh in every two weeks and will be assigned d a weight loss "coach" to help them. At each weigh-in, a prize will be given to recognize the pet's (and owner's) hard work.
At the end of the competition, a grand prize of $100 will be given.
To sign up, call 706-507-7297.