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Fluffy depends on you to make healthy choices

Ask: Someone recently hinted that my dog ​​is overweight. How can I tell if that’s true, and if so, what can I do about it?

Answer: It is estimated that approximately 25-30% of the general dog population is obese, with approximately 45% of dogs ages 5-11 being overweight. The good news is that canine obesity is preventable and treatable.

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Personally, keeping my dog’s weight within a healthy range has a lot to do with my mission of trying to get Tillie to be at least 20 years old (God willing). And before you roll your eyes, keep in mind that the world record for longevity for dogs is 30! Veterinarians have always known that heavy dogs live shorter lives than lean dogs, typically between 6 and 12 months, but a large lifespan study of Labrador Retrievers found that even being moderately overweight can reduce life expectancy. of a dog’s life in almost two years.

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