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Dogs are more likely to be overweight if the master is overweight, according to a study

We know that dogs are man’s best friend. But according to scientists, reality is catching up with the saying.

According to research by the University of Copenhagen and published in the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine, overweight people are more likely to have dogs that are also overweight. The risk of an overweight dog was 35% when the master was overweight, while the risk was only 14% when the master was not overweight.

How to explain this difference?

According to Charlotte Bjørnvad, a professor at the University of Copenhagen, the answer would be in the treats we like to give to our four-legged companion. Overweight people would tend to give their animals more treats while others would use the treat for educational measures.

Real consequences

An overweight dog may have a lower life expectancy compared to a dog with a healthier weight. They are more likely to develop heart disease or become diabetic. Veterinarians estimate that a dog that is too big lives 1 year and 3 months younger than a dog with a normal weight.

Helen Pruden
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