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National Canine Weight Check Month | February 13, 2008

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 40% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese.  That is why many vets across the nation are teaming up this February for the National Canine Weight Check.  You can take your dog, possibly without an appointment, to the vet’s office to for a free weigh-in.  They will give you some info on canine obesity and a card to help you keep an eye on your dog’s weight.  Call your local vet to see if they are participating.  If not, ask if you can swing by to get your dog (or cat) wieghed for free anyway.  

Everyone loves their pets and wants to make them as happy as possible.  Often, we express this by giving them treat after treat or overfeeding.  While your pets (and you) may enjoy this feeling, you may be “loving your pet to death.”  Give your pets the right amount of food, limit their intake of unhealthy treats, and be sure they get plenty of exercise.  If you know of someone with a pet that is overweight, let them know about the National Canine Weight Check.  It may save their best friend’s life!        

For more info, check out stopcanineobesity.com.

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Hello - we are Jenny and Ryan, a couple living in Brooklyn, New York. We are both busy with school and work but try to take time to do something every day to make the world a better place for animals. Occasionally we may link to outside websites for additional resources, but we do not necessarily endorse all policies of these organizations. Despite the title of our blog, the focus is not only on walruses. So what's with the title? We named this blog after our cat, Wally, aka The Walrus. We are the proud parents of two cats (Wally and Tito) and one dog (Luigi).

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