Overfeeding is a leading cause of obesity in dogs. A study performed by the Daily Mail revealed that 90% of UK pet parents are over-feeding their dogs. Dog obesity costs US pet parents in excess of $250 million in health bills annually2.
Compounding this problem is the fact that most pet parents don’t know their dog is obese driven in part by difficulty in determining the dog’s current body condition and weight. According to the Association to Prevent Pet Obesity, only 49% of veterinarians discussed the ideal weight of their pet with pet parents because they are afraid of offending their client1.
WHY THIS MATTERS:
Recognizing that you have an obese pet and the seriousness of the problem is the first step towards getting healthy again. According to the Association to Prevent Pet Obesity, obese pets are at risk for a variety of health problems including:
- A reduced lifespan and reduced quality of life
- Chronic inflammation
- Skin disorders
- Hip dysplasia
- Kidney problems
- Respiratory disorders
- Journal of Veterinary Medicine
- COAST+RANGE analysis, January 2018