overweight shortens a dog's life expectancy according to new research by the
WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition.
Data on a range of popular dog breeds from
across the USA showed that dogs that are overweight in middle age have a
shorter life expectancy than ideal weight dogs.
Specifically, overweight dogs
were found to suffer a reduction in life expectancy of up to ten months
compared to ideal weight dogs. Being overweight in middle age can have
potentially far-reaching consequences for a dog's life span, highlighting the
importance of maintaining dogs at a healthy body weight throughout life.
research examined the impact of body condition score on the life expectancy of
a broad range of popular breeds. "We saw that overweight dogs tend to have
a shorter life expectancy. This was particularly pronounced in five breeds:
Labrador, Shih Tzu, American Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever and Beagle,"
commented lead scientist Carina Salt, WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition.
is the first reported research of its kind looking specifically at a large
number of pet dogs. The findings therefore provide important insights into the
risks of being overweight for dogs in the general population," added
Carina Salt. "Being overweight in middle age can have long-term
consequences and, depending on breed, mean a reduction in life span of between
one and ten months."
research used data on the body condition of male and female neutered dogs aged
between 6.5 and 8.5 years from 10 popular breeds. There were on average 546
dogs per breed and data were collected by veterinarians during consultations
across the network of Banfield Pet Hospital® locations in the USA.