October 9th is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, but obesity is a health problem for dogs all year long.
Obesity in dogs is almost as common as obesity in humans. In fact, experts say an estimated 56 percent of dogs are overweight or obese in the United States.
The health consequences of these extra pounds are just as serious, too: overweight dogs put greater stress on their joints, hearts, lungs, liver, and kidneys. They’re more prone to injury, and are at a higher risk during surgery.
And it probably doesn’t feel good to them, either. Obese dogs don’t have the energy or the natural curiosity and playfulness that fit dogs do. Although dogs can’t decide to go on a diet or exercise more, they definitely appreciate life a whole lot more when they’re trim and ready for action.
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