You’ve heard of pet-owners sharing traits with their four-legged friends? Well new research shows overweight dogs and cats make up an estimated 60-70% of the US’s pet population. A worrying trend.

Owning a pet usually makes for healthy masters.

However, a worrying new trend of fat cats and heavy hounds has resulted in the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University opening a first of its kind clinic for overweight and obese pets.

Board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Medicine, 3 clinical veterinary nutritionists will be on staff (out of a total of less than 100 nationwide) to provide safe weight loss plans for pets.

Studies have suggested overweight pets are unhappy and excess pounds on pets are known to cause diabetes, orthopedic problems, and respiratory illness.

The clinic believes it will have more than 600 clients by 2015 and will also educate veterinary professionals on weight management techniques as well as undertake clinical research to further understand, treat, and prevent pet obesity.

Want a quick fix?

Teach your dog to fetch you beer. (Hey, at least he’ll be burning calories while walking from the lounge to the fridge).