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18 July 2011

'Obesity a form of abuse'

Obesity is the single biggest health issue facing domestic animals and can be regarded as a form of abuse.

As in humans, obesity poses health problems for pets too.

An earlier study has shown that the life of an overweight dog is shortened by at least two years (equivalent to a life expectancy shortfall in humans of about 15 years). "An overweight animal is at higher risk of co-morbidities such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer which literally take years off its life," said Dr Guy Fyvie, a South African veterinarian who attended the conference. "Furthermore the extra weight can cause arthritis and mobility problems that can be extremely painful."

 
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