According to the Everett Herald, roughly 50 percent of local pets are overweight per an estimate from a local veterinarian.
The paper profiled one such pooch, Ndnd – a 6-year-old, 18-pound Chihuahua. The dog suffered from a chronic cough, lack of energy and joint problems.
Ndnd started “working out” at Wag Wellness, a Bothell business specializing in helping pets perfect their fitness.
A year after beginning her treatment, Ndnd had slimmed down to 9 pounds, increased her muscle definition and no longer had her chronic cough, Wag Wellness owner Lynnie Ford wrote in an editorial for the Herald.
The paper reports that a Lynnwood pet clinic is now encouraging other owners to help their pets lose weight, with a Biggest Loser-style contest for dogs.
To read more about Ndnd and to get the details on the contest, read the Everett Herald’s article here.