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Features April 2018 Issue

Low-Calorie Treats Will Often Keep Your Dog Just as Happy as Higher-Calorie Snacks

Treats for your dog are a good thing, but you don't want your pet awash in them.

Low-Calorie Treats Will Often Keep Your Dog Just as Happy as Higher-Calorie Snacks

What your pet is really looking for is interaction with you — the type of food matters less.

The Head of the Tufts Obesity Clinic for animals, board-certified veterinary nutritionist Deborah Linder, DVM, points out that while people often say they don’t mind a fat dog because it just means there’s more of their pet to love, that leaves less time to love her. A landmark study that followed dogs for more than a decade found that those who were just 10 to 20 percent overweight — not even obese — lived, on average, almost two years less than their svelte counterparts.

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