If you fall in the 67% of Americans that are overweight, chances are, your pet is overweight too. Obesity has become a serious problem even for our pets. According to a 2009 study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 58% of all cats in the U.S. and 45% of all dogs in the U.S. are obese. Pets, just like humans, have many risks associated with being overweight, including hypertension, diabetes, osteoarthritis, respiratory disorders, heart disease and many forms of cancer. The sad truth is, if we don't closely monitor our pets' health, at the very least, we are shortening their lives. Even more distressing is that we are complicating them by adding veterinary costs that could be totally avoided. We can reverse the problem with a little work: -- Measure your pet's food and follow the feeding instructions on the food bag. -- Limit table scraps - those add extra calories quickly -- Reward your pets with healthy snacks - keep in mind animals don't need sugary, non-nutritious treats -- Make sure your pet gets daily exercise For more information on pet obesity, ideal pet weights and other weight loss tips, go to www.petobesityprevention.com. Remember, a happy pet is a healthy pet!