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Health Tip: Put Your Obese Dog on a Diet

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(HealthDay News) -- Being overweight isn't just an issue for people. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention says more than half of all dogs are overweight.

A dog that weighs too much is at greater risk of osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, orthopedic problems, ligament injuries, skin disease, heart and respiratory disease, some cancers and lower life expectancy, the American Kennel Club says.

If your dog needs to trim down, the AKC suggests:

  • Carefully measure meals.
  • Set a schedule for mealtime.
  • Limit treats between meals.
  • Opt for low-calorie treats.
  • Get your dog moving by walking, swimming or playing fetch.

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