We are finally into winter and the temperatures have really dropped. Most of us and our pets go into a hibernation like status about now. Here at the Rutland Vet we often see this as showing up with an extra 2 to 10 pounds on the spring time scale. This is SOMETIMES winter weight that is lost over the warm months , but is all to often a net gain that happens year after year until the poor fat dog or cat can not move enough to ever get it off again. So I would like to make a winter plea to bundle up and walk on-out in the sunshine on the trails that are often packed down quite soon after a snow by the snowmobiles and cross country skiers. We are lucky around here with out vast network of trails to be able to exercise most of the winter. And the cats , well that is a challenge, many of them are indoor anyway and it takes some creativity on the part of the owners to keep them moving. Laser pointers, fetching tin foil balls, and if all fails put that bowl of food at the top of the stairs 5 times a day for a little stair master work out. Obviously cutting back the calories all around during the winter is a good idea if there can't be a continuation of the normal exercise. Lets do our best for our good friends and beat the trend towards pet obesity here in our little corner of the of the world!!!