The Loh Down On Science

Fat Farm

Fido getting tubby?

Maybe it's time to send him away to the farm.??

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying the fat farm, anyway.??

Welcome to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. It has opened the country’s first obesity clinic . . . for pets. ??Close to 60 percent of the country’s dogs and cats are said to be overweight or obese.  And that can lead to diabetes, bone and joint issues, and respiratory problems. ??But weight loss for animals can be just as challenging as it is for humans. Luckily, the Old McDonald of this hefty farm is vet Deborah Linder.  She has a specialty in veterinary nutrition, which is still a rarity in the field.??

The clinic plans to concentrate on three things: effective weight loss procedures, education to identify and prevent pet obesity, and research into the best treatments. ??One hidden benefit? Overweight pets can help overweight owners exercise too, helping both shed extra pounds.

Matching Richard Simmons workout shorts optional.

<em>The Loh Down on Science</em> is produced by LDOS Media Lab, with 89.3 KPCC Pasadena, California. And made possible by the generous support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


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