I was shocked to learn from the Wall Street Journal that Americaâ€™s pets are as fat as their owners. Nearly 50% are overweight and 20% are obese. Dr. Randy Regutnick, founder and CEO of the Fat Pet Centers, considered the pioneer in this field, was happy to talk to me about his work.
â€œDr. Regutnick, how did you get started?â€
â€œIn 1995, I was a struggling young vet in Silver Spring, Maryland, and this nice lady came into my office with her pussy cat in a Radio Flyer Wagon. She needed the wagon because her cat, Rhino, weighed 44 pounds and she couldnâ€™t lift it. Heck, the cat could hardly walk.
â€œI had always been a health nut, so I put the cat on a strict, healthy diet that I devised on the spot. Then, overnight, I built a customized chase wheel with a live mouse in a small cage â€” which the cat couldnâ€™t reach â€” and within four months the cat was down to 12 pounds. The Washington Post reported my success and, overnight, I was flooded with fat dogs and cats. My practice took off. I had to double my office space and hire three more vets.