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Welcome to our pages on dogs, obesity and how to prevent and manage it. This site is still being developed. At the moment, you get the most out of it by reading the sections in order (you can move on using the link at the bottom of each page) but you can also navigate the site using the sidebar menu.

Dog obesity is a BIG problem!

Obesity is one of the major diseases affecting our pets’ health and welfare in the UK. Almost two thirds of pets are overweight or obese and vets report the problem is getting worse.

Obesity is a problem to affected dogs because it is associated with a lower quality of life and reduced lifespan. Overweight dogs are more likely to suffer from mobility problems, hormonal diseases, breathing difficulties, cancer and heart disease, amongst other problems.

Animals gain weight because they get more energy in food than they burn off as they go about their daily lives. However, the factors which affect both food intake and energy output are complicated, meaning that controlling or reducing weight can be very challenging for some dogs, owners or combinations of the two.

Fortunately, there are ways to help all dogs. We understand the challenges facing owners of overweight pets and can share practical and creative solutions that allow you to manage your dog’s food and exercise to maximize their weight loss whilst maintaining their (and your) quality of life.


It’s worth the effort—studies have shown that after even modest weight loss dogs have a better quality of life and are healthier.





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