Fat Camp Helps Dogs Shed Pounds And Stay Healthy

Fat Camp Helps Dogs Shed Pounds And Stay Healthy

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QUAKERTOWN, Pa. -

Any dog owner knows the whine of a canine wanting a treating. However, too many treats and table scraps may have your dog packing on the pounds, and could even threaten their life.

FOX 29's Sabina Kuriakose shows us how a local fat camp for pets is saving lives.

"We want to see a physique versus kind of like a sausage look,” said Matthew Putchat with the AnWell Veterinary Rehab and Conditioning Center in Quakertown, Pa. 

Oh, the battle of the bulge, and those problem areas. We've all been there, and our beloved pets are not immune.

"Anywhere from 35 to 50 percent of pets are overweight,” said Putchat. 

Fat Farms for Pets is a place for a man's best friend to get fit and shed those extra pounds.

The dogs are put through a rigorous exercise regime at every session in the center's gym area.

"This is a hardcore workout. The exercises are the same as you or I do at the gym. Toby right now he's on a ball like me doing core and balance training,” said Putchat.

AnWell's Putchat says the pet fat camp trend is growing. They were one of the first in the area, but now he's seeing more camps pop up. It's not just cosmetic, weight issues can have serious health consequences for our pets.

"The obesity in our pets has the same effect as obesity in people. We see the same types of issues diabetes, heart disease, arthritic issues, joint issues, skin issues,” said Putchat.

And those problems can escalate into tragedy.

"I live with a lot of guilt that I lost her. Because I gave in to her,” said Brenda Slutter.

Brenda of Bethlehem, Pa. says her Golden retriever, Casey, died last year due to complications from being obese.

Casey had lost ten pounds when she enrolled in AnWell's fat camp, but it was too late to save her life.

Brenda says she regrets overfeeding her pet.

"It was out of control. Like I said I'm a softie, she knew just how to work me,” she said. "Any type of food at all she would just hound you and hound you and hound you and beg and cry. I couldn't tune it out. I just couldn't tune it out."

So when Brenda realized her Newfoundland Charlie was packing on the pounds off he went to fat camp.

But he doesn't always love it.

"It's exactly like a person who doesn't want to work out, but this way we can keep it under control a little bit better," said Brenda.

Now, Brenda can have peace of mind Charlie is staying healthy, thanks to fat camp.

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