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7 pudgy pets that should lay off the kibble

By: Catie Leary on Feb. 23, 2011, 11:55 a.m.
Tutku the hamster, seen here munching on food with her mouth open.

Photo: pyza*/Flickr

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What you can do

Sure, we're showcasing some adorable images of pudgy domesticated critters — including Tutku the hamster, shown here — but we also want to provide some useful advice. Obese pets are at risk for heart problems, diabetes, and joint and hip difficulties.

If you think your pet has weight problem, first consult with your vet about the best plan of action for your animal. There's plenty of information available for pet owners at the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, including facts, ideal weight ranges and more. 

Do your part to make sure your pet doesn't end up in the next edition of this gallery.