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Life expectancy shorter in obese dogs, new research shows


Being overweight has a detrimental effect on the lifespan of pet dogs

Being overweight reduces a dog's life expectancy, according to new research by the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition.

Data on the body condition of male and female neutered dogs aged between 6.5 and 8.5 years from 10 popular breeds were collected for the study. There were on average 546 dogs per breed and data were collected by veterinarians during consultations across the network of Banfield Pet Hospital® locations in the USA.

Analysis of the data showed that dogs that are overweight in middle age have a shorter life expectancy than ideal weight dogs. Overweight dogs suffered a reduction in life expectancy of up to ten months compared to ideal weight dogs. As being overweight in middle age can have consequences for a dog's life span, it is important to maintain dogs at a healthy body weight throughout life.

According to lead researcher Carina Salt, shorter life expectancy in overweight dogs was more pronounced in five breeds - Labrador, Shih Tzu, American Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever and Beagle.

Article details

  • Date
  • 07 October 2013
  • Source
  • APCO Worldwide
  • Subject(s)
  • Animal breeding and genetics
  • Veterinary medicine