Is My Dog Overweight?
By Amanda Baltazar
As we humans get larger, our dogs do too. And the figures are nothing to scoff at: 50 percent of today’s pooches are overweight and more than 20 percent are obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.
“Obesity in pets is mirroring obesity in people and it’s due to diet and lack of exercise,” says Dr. Karyn Collier, DVM, chief medical officer at Saint Francis Veterinary Center for Animal Physical Therapy in Woolwich Township, N.J.
“We humans enjoy food so we want to see the same with our pets. We’re killing them with kindness. If dogs don’t dive in [to their food] we add things like gravy or some chicken or beef just to see our pet eat. It may be that that dog is just not hungry right then.”
An overweight pet is no laughing matter. Too many pounds can cause problems ranging from heart disease to diabetes and arthritis.
Fortunately, making a few simple changes to your dog’s diet and lifestyle can allow him to shed some pounds. Read on for some suggestions…