Weighing In On The #1 Health Issue For Dogs
Obesity is not limited to humans. Many dogs, like their owners, are carrying around extra weight that can cause serious health problems.
by ANNE C. STARK, DVM
Approximately 64.5% of the U.S. adult population is considered to be overweight. More than 30% of Americans are classified as obese.
It should be no surprise that our pet population has similar statistics. Large portions, too many treats and lack of exercise all end up putting on extra pounds on dogs, as well as humans, over time.
The health detriments of obesity in humans are well documented. But what about obesity among the canine members of our families? Our poor lifestyle choices carry over to the way we treat our pets. In fact, many owners do not even recognize that their dogs are overweight.
Results from a recent groundbreaking study were astounding. Researchers followed 48 Labrador Retrievers for 14 years. Dogs fed a diet with 25% less food than the control group lived an average of two years longer than their overweight counterparts. They also had far fewer health problems – especially concerning the early development of arthritis.
Ask your veterinarian for advice on how to feed your dog. Less weight can let your dog live a healthier, longer life.