Humans aren't the only ones dealing with the battle of the bulge
Over half of U.S. pet dogs and cats are 'packing on the pounds' and one out of every five is considered obese according to the association of pet obesity and prevention.
Overweight and obese pets are at increased risk of osteoarthritis, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, respiratory problems, cranial cruciate or anterior knee ligament injury (the dog version of a torn ACL), kidney disease and cancer. Obesity can take two-and-a-half years off of your pet's life - which is a big chunk of time for an animal.
Diabetes in dogs and cats is also on the rise. In 2011, The Dog Channel wrote that there has been, "a 32 percent increase in the rate of canine diabetes mellitus and a 16 percent increase in feline diabetes mellitus since 2006.
After confirming your pet doesn't have a thyroid condition (with the help of your vet,) you should reduce your pet's daily ration by one-third. That total should include all treats, snacks, or leftovers -- that is, if you insist on continuing to provide these. Reweigh the pet in 2 weeks.