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The Canine Nutritionist

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!


The Royal Veterinary College confirms that obese dogs have shorter lifespans, reduced quality of life and higher frequencies of arthritis, respiratory problems, heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Book a Weight Management Consultation Now.

Canine health problems linked to obesity

The health problems related to canine obesity are many and numerous. They include:

  • Reduced life expectancy
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension (High blood pressure)
  • Liver disease
  • Joint, bone and ligament damage
  • Heart disease
  • Digestive disorders
  • Respiratory disease
  • Decreased immune system function
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer
  • 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.

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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