Add extra years to your dog’s life
A two-decade-long study by the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition and Liverpool University has now confirmed what many of us have suspected for a long time. Being overweight or obese is a major contributor to negative canine longevity. In other words, if your dog is overweight or obese, he or she is likely to live a much shorter life.
Health issues related to obesity aside, the average small dog is likely to have its lifespan reduced by about 2 years if he or she is even moderately overweight. While the lifespan extension of large dogs is not quite as great, the study still proves that slim dogs win hands down in the canine longevity stakes!
The upshot is that if you want to give your best friend the best opportunity to live a long and healthy life, you need to carefully manage your dog’s weight.
The facts about canine obesity
The facts about canine obesity are quite eye opening:
- In excess of 60% of UK dogs are obese or overweight.
- Less than 10% of pet parents recognise the fact that their dog is obese or overweight. This normalization of obesity by pet parents is now known as the “fat pet gap“.
- Obesity is now the most common nutritional disorder seen in dogs.
- 30% of pet parents have never weighed their dog.
- Being obese can reduce a dog’s lifespan by up to 15% – that’s up to 2 1/2 years in some cases!
Canine health problems linked to obesity
The health problems related to canine obesity are many and numerous. They include:
- Reduced life expectancy
- Hypertension (High blood pressure)
- Liver disease
- Joint, bone and ligament damage
- Heart disease
- Digestive disorders
- Respiratory disease
- Decreased immune system function
- Kidney disease
- Heat intolerance
My weight loss diet plan
My dog weight loss diet plan is a Personalised Weight Management Consultation designed to address your dog’s weight issue. It includes an overall health assessment of your dog, calculation of your dog’s actual nutritional requirements and 3 months of email support to make sure you’re on the right path towards a slimmer and healthier dog.
You don’t have to change your dog’s diet if you don’t want to, but I will make dietary recommendations which will help your dog to lose weight without losing sleep because of hunger.