Fat is the new normal
America's obesity epidemic isn't just affecting its people: our non-human citizens are feeling it, too. Just recently, a staggering 1 in 4 dogs at the prestigious Crufts dog show were clinically overweight, and veterinarians worry that pictures of the show dogs may help "normalize" the obese canine image.
Although the entrants to Crufts, the world's biggest dog show, are supposed to represent the pinnacle of each breed, researchers studying photos from the event found that 25% of the dogs who placed between 1st and 5th place were obese.
The breeds representing the most obesity were pugs, basset hounds, and Labrador retrievers. All breeds which are notorious for gaining weight at the drop of a hat. But surely a responsible breeder would get their dog into the best shape before entering it at Crufts?
Regardless, the kennel club plans to change the rules to specify that dogs must be at their ideal weight to qualify for future shows. Meanwhile, an estimated 50% of pet dogs are obese, for the same reason that we are: too little exercise, too much food, and too many snacks.
The best thing you can do for your dog and yourself is to control portion sizes, and get out there for some exercise! It will do you both good - and bring you closer together!