STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Jack is a lab with a medical condition and water therapy works for him. Without it, his weight could spiral out of control.
Therapists have seen this before.
"Very severe. We've had cases come in that absolutely cannot walk because they are so obese.It causes joint problems," Registered Therapist Ruby Lynn Carter-Smith said.
Dr. Sarah Garcia says some foods can be toxic to animals like chocolate, raisins and grapes to name a few.
Table scraps are not the way to go-ever.
"Your pet looks at you very sadly while you're eating and you think oh! you're hungry. Let's feed you a little meat or whatever, but dogs are happy with a pat. They like love," Dr. Garcia said.
Loving them with a well-balanced dog food is what they recommend.
Dr. Garcia says heavier animals should not be given treats.
Animals that become obese or those who eat the wrong foods can suffer from gastrointestinal disorders.
More serious conditions are out there as well including Pancreatitis which is the inflammation of the pancreas.