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Staying fit during the coldest months of the year isn't just a human problem—it's one pets deal with too. A study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that dogs and cats gain an average of 0.3 and 0.37 pounds, respectively (the equivalent of 1.5 to 4 pounds for people), between October and February. Read on for three major causes behind bulking up and advice on how to combat them from Deborah Linder, D.V.M., lead faculty for the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals.