Fat Dogs

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Oh, the pampered life of a dog: free massages, constant declarations of love, and the advent of gourmet chocolate chip biscuits. It seems, however, that this last category has had adverse consequences. Recently, the director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine declared that there has never before been so many obese dogs in America. The Food and Drug Administration estimates that 5 percent of our dogs are obese and another 20-30 percent overweight. For those keeping track of such things, that means there's roughly 4 million obese dogs running about. But never fear! Last week, the FDA gave the green light to the first prescription drug to treat obesity in dogs. Doctors claim that the drug is very safe. The only side effect is... a chance of vomiting. -- Rebecca Meiser

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