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A cat is weighed at the Bluffs Pet Clinic in Red Wing. Veterinarian Abbey Butler said all animals that come to the clinic are weighed and given a body condition score.

Is your pet a little chubby?

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Large brown eyes peering up at you from beneath the dinner table. A questioning meow as you sit down with a bowl of ice cream.

It might be hard to resist your pet's begging, but according to Abbey Butler, veterinarian at the Bluffs Pet Clinic of Red Wing, animal obesity is a growing -- and dangerous -- problem.


"It is becoming a much more common, everyday finding," Butler said.

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.