More Weight, Less Life

January 15, 2014 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

New research shows that being overweight can shorten your dog’s lifespan by up to 10 months. This was especially true for five breeds in particular: Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel, Beagle, and Shih Tzu. The team from the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition studied the body condition scores of approximately 5,500 neutered male and spayed female dogs between the ages of 6.5 and 8.5 from across the U.S. The results were clear that dogs who were a healthy weight at middle age lived longer than those who were overweight.

In addition to the shorter lifespan, dogs can also suffer from obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and more. If your dog is too heavy, keep them around longer and give them a better quality of life by helping them reach and maintain a healthy weight. You can achieve this by feeding your canine a balanced, species-appropriate diet, practice portion control, and regularly exercise your pet. If you need additional help maintaining your pet’s healthy weight, make an appointment for a consultation.

The findings were presented at the WALTHAM International Nutritional Sciences Symposium.

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