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The numbers are startling. Recent studies show that while veterinarians estimate 47% of their canine clients are overweight, only 17% of dog owners believe their dogs fit that description.
Canine obesity is a growing problem, and being overweight or obese has been associated with arthritis, heart disease and breathing problems in dogs. In addition, obesity can worsen the signs associated with pre-existing diseases such as high blood pressure, hormone imbalances and joint disease.
While most dog owners know that canine obesity is a serious - even life-threatening - condition, they sometimes have trouble recognizing it in their own pets. Is your dog at risk? Now there's an easy way to find out.
This February, be your dog's best friend. Join the National Canine Weight Check.
In February 2008, veterinarians across the country are teaming up for the first-ever National Canine Weight Check, a free and simple way to help you determine if your dog is overweight.
Just take your dog to a participating veterinary office, and in many cases, you won't even need an appointment. This is what will happen:
At the weight check your dog will receive a free weight assessment, including breed-specific information where applicable. You'll receive a weight check card where you can keep a record of your dog's weight, along with educational materials on canine obesity and its health implications. You'll also receive a postcard that you can mail in for a free gift, just for participating in the weight check.
Call your vet and see if they are participating in this program!
Wonder if your dog is overweight? Read more about Canine obesity
About the National Canine Weight Check
The National Canine Weight Check is a public service supported by the American Kennel Club Humane Fund and veterinarians across the country, through a sponsorship by Pfizer Animal Health. For more information, visit www.stopcanineobesity.com.