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

 

◦ Our findings: 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.
◦ Why is it important? 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.