As the holiday season approaches, it is easy to over indulge in snacks and treats. Many human foods are high in calories and can upset your pet’s stomach. I recommend sticking to pet food and treats all year round (and minimizing human food given to your pet). Please take this opportunity to assess your pet’s body weight and daily nutrition to ensure your pet is receiving appropriate quantities of food and treats per day. A 2012 survey conducted by the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention found that 58.3% of adult cats and 52.5% of adult dogs in the United States were overweight. Overweight pets experience an increased risk of diabetes, joint diseases/arthritis, and many other internal medicine conditions. Keep in mind that a balanced diet, regular exercise, and minimal treats will help keep your pet happy, active, and healthy!