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New Spa Helps Overweight Pets

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With more than half of America's pets overweight --a new spa is helping get dogs and cats into shape.  As ABC's Gio Benitez learned -- diet and exercise make all the difference for pets too.

Four little legs treading thru water, shedding pounds!  Lola here leading the charge at the Morris Animal Inn. 

A kind of weight loss spa for pets...

"Right behind us here we have a fitness pool for dogs," Gio Benitez, Reporting.

Here, pups run on treadmills, jump hurdles, even perform aerobic swims because just like us, our furry friends are battling the bulge and online.  Fat cats trying anything to slim down. 

52% of dogs, 58% of cats, are now obese!  Lola is supposed to be 10 pounds but she weighed nearly 3 times that.  Her owner says it's hard to say no to those puppy dog eyes.

"It's been a good day...have a treat, feeling blue?  Let's have a treat,"  said Roxana, pet owner.

Now Lola's sweating it out.

"It's like going to a gym, we work them out in the same thing as humans," Deb, Morris Animal Inn.

And no fatty snacks here...

"Galla's treat is a healthy yogurt parfait with string beans, a rice cake, and even some bacon bits.  Just for a little flavor, here you go!"  Gio Benitez, Reporting.

So how can you tell if your Fido is fit and not fat?  Well, the key is being able to feel their ribs but not see them.  Lola's well on her way, she's already lost 7 pounds, just 10 more to go.

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