It’s been widely reported that pet obesity is on the rise, with up to 60 percent of animal companions tipping the scales on the wrong side of trim. Just as with people, excess weight causes pet health problems such as pancreatitis, heart disease, diabetes, skin disorders and more. This burgeoning trend of pudgy pets has inspired Tufts University in Massachusetts to open the nation’s first weight-loss clinic for companion animals. The Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals offers “customized weight management plans that allow for safe weight loss” in pets. The program serves both cats and dogs, with a focus on special dietary needs, multi-pet households, and personalized guidance for successfully getting furry couch potatoes fit. Learn more at Tufts.edu/vet/obesity.