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The Modern Epidemic of Dog Obesity

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Of all the health issues affecting the modern dog, obesity is probably the most concerning. It’s an epedemic that currently affects an estimated 60% of UK dogs. From a pet parent’s perspective, it’s likely to end in expensive vet bills and increased heartache.

From a dog’s perspective, it’s likely to result in unnecessary health complications such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. And, worst of all, it will almost certainly result in a shorter lifespan!

Studies have proven that even being moderately overweight can reduce a dog’s lifespan by up to 15%. That’s a year and a half, two or maybe even three years for certain breeds. For anyone who loves their dog, that is heartbreaking. And what makes it worse is that it’s totally, totally unnecessary.

And, as if to add insult to injury, it appears that the vast majority of pet parents are not aware that their dog is overweight. Now that’s alarming!


And the reasons for this canine obesity epedemic? While lack of exercise is undoubtedly a contributory factor, the overwhelming problem today is carbohydrate-rich commercial dog food.

Even commercial dog food specifically aimed at dogs who suffer from obesity is only likely to exacerbate an existing weight problem.

Aside from the fact that commercial dog food is inherently unhealthy, dogs are individuals. They need to be fed accordingly. Some dogs are less active than others. Some have a lower metabolic rate and burn calories less quickly than others. And yet commercial dog food manufacturers would have every dog of a certain weight fed exactly the same amount amount of food as if they were all exactly the same.

Every dog has to be treated as an individual. Their daily food requirement needs to be worked out according to that individual’s particular needs.

Of all the common health issues curable by nutrition, dog obesity is the most easily remedied.

Feed real homemade dog food made with natural ingredients. Not highly-processed commercial dog food which is rich only in additives and harmful chemicals. My Obesity Diet Plan will help you achieve the correct weight for your dog.

After that, monitor your dog’s weight according to my body condition chart and adjust the food accordingly.

You’ll save money in the long run. And your dog will be fitter, healthier, happier and, just importantly, with you for a lot longer as a result!


If you need my assistance with helping your best friend lose weight, please contact me for a life-changing Weight Loss Consultation.

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.


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