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Risks of Pet Obesity

In the United States, obesity has turned into an epidemic that has affected many dogs. The truth is more than 50 percent of the dog population is now overweight or obese. When a dog carries excess pounds in its body, it increases its own risk of getting health problems including obesity. That is why, as a pet owner, you need to seriously monitor and control your beloved dog's diet.

Numerous studies have indicated that obesity can decrease the lifespan of a dog by as much as 2.5 years. Obesity can also boost the risk of your dog to acquiring other problems such as kidney disease, diabetes, respiratory and heart disease, osteoarthritis, and several forms of cancer. Not only that, but being overweight also puts pressure on the dog's joints, and this, in turn, could put the dog at risk of getting arthritis, which would further impair your dog's mobility.

Before starting your dog on a weight loss program, it is highly recommended that you consult your veterinarians Marietta GA.

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