Dogs have a weighty problem

LATEST research indicates that 33.5 per cent of Australian dogs are overweight and 7.6 per cent are obese.

Being overweight places increased stress on cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and overweight dogs are more prone to injuries, especially involving their joints.

Excess weight can also worsen osteoarthritis, create respiratory problems in hot weather, be a contributing factor to the development of diabetes and generally lessen the quality of life for your pet.

Before beginning any weight loss program with your dog, discuss it with your veterinarian.

Remember, the goal of a good weight management program should be gradual weight loss.

Factors contributing to pet obesity:

Overfeeding

Inactivity

Breed

Age and gender

Diabetes mellitus

Hyperadrenocorticism

Hypothyroidism

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