A pooch with extra pounds

Dear Heloise: My veterinarian has diagnosed my dog as overweight. She says, as it is with people, extra pounds usually appear as a result of the animal eating too much food and not getting enough exercise.

There are other conditions that can contribute to your dog being overweight: hormone imbalance, the animal’s breed and temperament, and diseases.

Being overweight can be a contributing factor for diseases like diabetes, pancreatitis, heart and liver disease, and arthritis.

The cure for overweight? It’s a slow and steady process, according to the doctor, with small portions of a nutritionally sound diet and no snacking. Up the exercise.

She says to make sure the whole family knows the dog is on a diet. — Elizabeth A. in Ohio

Great hints to help a common problem. Readers, check with your veterinarians! — Heloise

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