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  • Risk factors associated with canine overweightness and obesity in an owner-reported survey

    Perry LM, Shmalberg J, Tanprasertsuk J, Massey D, Honaker RW, Jha AR (2020) Risk factors associated with canine overweightness and obesity in an owner-reported survey. bioRxiv 2020.01.06.896399
    In one of the largest and most detailed studies of its kind, we found that feeding kibble, alone or in combination with other types of food, was a risk factor for canine overweightness. We also identified feeding fresh food, limiting treats, and supplementing with probiotics as potential protective practices.
    Obesity is a growing problem in companion dogs, with one-third of dogs reported to be overweight and 8% of dogs reported to be clinically obese. Proactively identifying dogs at risk for weight issues and implementing lifestyle changes can prevent overweightness and obesity, and improve overall health.