Do you own a Lab?
Then this article is a must read!
We need to talk about Labrador retriever obesity, the world’s cuddliest epidemic.
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, around 54 percent of all dogs in the US are overweight or obese. But Labs top the scales. According to a survey of veterinarians, around 60 percent of Labs they see are obese.
While some pet owners may argue there’s just “more to love,” these overweight dogs suffer health consequences. Heavy dogs have a lower life expectancy and higher risks for heart disease, bone problems, and cancer.
All dogs love food. But it seems Labs love food more than most, and it may be linked to their genes.
“[Labradors] are not only the most commonly overweight breed of dog, but they are notorious for being obsessed by food,” Eleanor Raffan, a veterinarian and metabolic researcher at the University of Cambridge, tells me. “Some particularly badly [obsessed] dogs will eat things no other creature would want to consume.”
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