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Jenna Stregowski, RVT

Is Your Dog Overweight?

By December 28, 2012

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Holiday weight gain leads to New Year's resolutions, so we are about to see and hear a lot of ads and discussions about weight loss, gym membership, diets, and so on. However, we humans are not the only ones who tend to put on a few extra pounds over the holidays - many dogs gain holiday weight as well. Some may think chubby dogs look kind of cute and funny, but canine obesity is no joke. Sadly, weight problems are all too common for dogs these days. Why? I think a large part of the problem is the sedentary lifestyle of so many dogs. There is also the issue of over-feeding and inappropriate eating. The bottom line is this: It's time to take action. It's almost a new year, and what better time to start than the present?

Our dogs rely on us to provide a happy, healthy environment for them. Obesity can lead to a great number of health issues, and it can make many existing health problems get worse. We owe it to our dogs to keep them active and healthy. Educate yourself about canine weight management and obesity prevention, talk to your vet, and start a healthy living plan for you and your dog. After all, you want your dog to be with you for many years to come.

Have you and your dog conquered canine obesity? We would love to hear about it. Share your dog's weight loss success story with us! You might be able to help other dog owners conquer canine obesity too.


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