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Weight Management

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Recent surveys on obesity in dogs have shown that between one third and a half of all dogs visiting veterinary practices are overweight. Even more worryingly, 92% of pet owners did not see obesity as a lifethreatening risk. One report has suggested that overweight dogs could live up to two years less than dogs that are maintained within their ideal weight range.

As well as a loss of ‘general quality of life’, obese dogs suffer from similar problems to overweight humans including diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Managing these health issues is a significant extra cost to the dog owner, particularly as their dogs get older. It is therefore imperative to understand why an increasing number of dogs are overweight and what veterinary surgeons and owners can do to significantly reduce the problem.

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