Dogs face obesity epidemic 'because humans are killing them with kindness'

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Dogs face an ­obesity epidemic like humans and are at risk of being killed with kindness.

Cent - Owners - Calories - Pets - Treats

A worrying 90 per cent of owners don’t know how many calories their pets should have and give treats to pleading pooches .

Some 29 per cent fail to measure portions and 20 per cent can’t tell if their dog is fat, a survey by pet food manufacturer tails.com also found.

Matters - Cent - Owners - Vets - Pets

To make matters worse, 13 per cent of owners lie to their vets about their pets’ eating habits.

Vet Sean McCormack warns that dogs can get diabetes, arthritis and joint problems by eating too much.

Danger - Dogs - Kindness - Breed

He said: “We are in danger of killing our dogs with kindness. Depending on the breed, overfeeding them can cut life-span from 14 to just ten years.”

He stressed the importance of ­portion control, by measuring meals with a scoop or scales, and a feeding programme depending on a dog’s age, breed and activity levels.

Pet - Vet - Person - Advice - Owners

While the pet’s vet usually weighs them and is the best person to ask for advice, owners also need to focus on key...
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