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The influence of human behaviors in the increased prevalence of overweight dogs

By Nora J. Nealon, Julie M. Fagan

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An increasing number of dogs are falling into the overweight and obese categories, paralleling the rise in obesity over the past few decades in people. This suggests that dogs, which interact closely with people, have been influenced by our sedentary lifestyles, over-sized portions and diets high in calories. Two ways to combat the rise in obesity among dogs would be to make a way for people to track the amount of food their dog eats, as well as promote the need for routine exercise. A “K-9 edition weight watchers-like” program, that focuses on both diet and exercise has been developed which can be implemented at veterinary hospitals and clinics.


Katie Carroll

Date 2013
Pages 15
Publisher Rutgers University
Department Animal Science
Language English
University Rutgers University
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal care
  3. Animal nutrition
  4. Animal roles
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Body weight
  7. Dog diseases
  8. Dogs
  9. Exercise
  10. Health
  11. Mammals
  12. obesity
  13. Overweight
  14. pet foods
  15. Pet ownership
  16. Pets and companion animals
  17. Veterinarians
  18. veterinary hospitals
  19. Veterinary medicine