Dog Obesity Rates

Dog Obesity Rates

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Based on statistics, dog owners probably own a fat dog. 

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 56 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. This equates to over 50 million dogs - yikes! 

Dogs that are obese risk more than just being fat. For one, they will have breathing problems and trouble getting up due to arthritis. They will also have high blood pressure and will shorten their life expectancy.

There are many ways that pet owners can help dogs lose weight at home. For starters, they will need to speak with a veterinarian about moving dogs over to healthy dog foods formulated to help dogs shed pounds. Secondly, they will need to feed dogs less amounts of food. 

While at home, dog owners should be more active with dogs and play with them in the fenced-in yard. They should help dogs run; jump; and crawl. These actions require all muscles and will serve them well as they age. 

Dog strength training exercises are important for maintaining strong bones and healthy joints. For dogs that are overweight, choose to help move dogs in a healthier motion.