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Friday, February 08, 2008

Stop Canine Obesity

Stop Canine Obesity
I am not one to usually post for advertisements for other websites but when I received a blog comment for "Helping the Hips", it seemed obvious that this was a message that needed to be conveyed.

As you already know, Dakota has Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) and therefore maintaining her health is crucial to a long and happy life. One of the main aspects of maintaining her health is through maintaining her weight. This past weekend, Dakota tipped the scales once again at 82.2lbs. Given her size, she should not be more than 80lbs in order to ensure that no unnecessary weight is bearing on her hips and causing further damage. So, when I received a post about a new website called I had to post about it.

Remember that Labrador Retrievers love to eat and there is a high rate of obesity in this particular dog breed. The breed itself is made for high levels of activity to go along with its eating habits and with the proper levels of exercise and feeding, Labs are able to stay lean, healthy, and happy.

Canine Obesity – Just How Bad Is It?
Canine obesity is an important – and very common – medical condition with serious health implications. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has estimated that there are 41.2 million pet dogs in the United States. Other sources estimate 40 percent of those dogs, approximately 17 million, are overweight or obese. A recent study conducted by Pfizer Animal Health found that veterinarians consider 47% of their patients overweight or obese but only 17% of dog owners think the same. Why the difference? It could be denial or the difficulty owners have in recognizing when their dogs are overweight.

So I urge you to visit and learn all you can about the causes, health problems, and identifying obesity in dogs. You want a healthy and happy pup, right? Then become an expert in canine obesity... for your dog's sake.

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Blogger BARC said...

Thanks for the shout out! We have been getting a lot of feedback thanks to bloggers like you getting the word out. We really appreciate it.

February 27, 2008 4:30 PM  

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