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Features July 2019 Issue

Research Proves It Yet Again: Leaner Dogs Live Longer

The heavier the dog, the less likely he will be to reach his natural life expectancy.

Research Proves It Yet Again: Leaner Dogs Live Longer

The simple step of not overfeeding will give you more time with your beloved pet.

Several decades ago, 48 Labrador retrievers were split into two groups at birth and then followed for their entire lives. One group was always fed 25 percent fewer calories than the other. By the end of the study, the group fed less lived for a year and a half to two years longer than the other, on average. The difference: they were ideal body condition as opposed to their moderately overweight counterparts.

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