Living reports 60 percent of pets in the United States are overweight, but almost half of the owners of overweight pets rated their pets as having the “ideal” body condition.

Pet obesity can be a sensitive issue, says Susan Davis, a pet nutritionist based in Lake Forest, California, who has helped many pets trim down. Because some owners treat their pets like their children, people can take it personally when you tell them they have an overweight animal.

If you show your pets love by giving them a lot of food and snacks, read more about how overweight pets can suffer from numerous medical conditions and early death