Portland, Oregon, United States:
Being overweight shortens a dog’s life expectancy according to new
research by the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition. Data on a
range of popular dog breeds from across the USA showed that dogs that
are overweight in middle age have a shorter life expectancy than ideal
weight dogs. Specifically, overweight dogs were found to suffer a
reduction in life expectancy of up to 10 months compared to ideal weight
dogs. The research shows the far-reaching consequences for dogs of being
overweight and highlights the importance of owners keeping their dogs at
a healthy weight.
"We examined a broad range of popular breeds of all shapes and sizes and
found that overweight dogs tend to have a shorter life expectancy. This
was particularly pronounced in five breeds - Labrador, Shih Tzu,
American Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever and Beagle", commented lead
scientist Carina Salt, WALTHAMή Centre for Pet Nutrition.
"In order to ensure the findings were representative of dogs in the
family home, we used data from a large number of pet dogs collected
during visits to their veterinarian. The research highlights the very
real consequences of being overweight for dogs in the family home. Key
tips for combatting excess weight and keeping your dog fit and healthy
include carefully controlling food portions in line with the pack
feeding guidelines, regular exercise appropriate for your dog's needs
and regular weighing sessions. Owners concerned about their dog’s weight
should speak to a veterinarian", advised Carina Salt.
The research used data on normal and overweight dogs aged between 6.5
and 8.5 years from 10 popular breeds. The data were collected by
veterinarians during consultations across the network of more than 830
Banfield Pet Hospital locations in the USA.
This study was conducted by scientists from the WALTHAMή
Centre for Pet Nutrition — the state-of-the-art science institute for
Mars Petcare — in collaboration with Banfield
It forms part of a wider body of ongoing collaborative research aimed at
understanding the causes and consequences of pet obesity. The findings
were presented at the WALTHAMή International Nutritional
Sciences Symposium (WINSS), taking place from 1–4 October in Portland,
Oregon, USA. WINSS brings together leading experts in the fields of
nutritional and veterinary science to address critical issues relating
to pet health and nutrition.
About the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition
Celebrating 50 years of innovative science, the WALTHAMή
Centre for Pet Nutrition serves as a leading scientific authority in
advancing the frontiers of research into the nutrition and health of
companion animals. Located in Leicestershire, England, the renowned
state-of-the-art science institute for Mars Petcare generates knowledge
that enables the development of innovative products that meet pets’
needs in a practical way. Since the publication of its first original
research in 1963, WALTHAM has pioneered many important
breakthroughs in the field of pet nutrition and human-animal
interaction, resulting in more than 1,700 publications, including over
600 peer-review scientific papers. Today, WALTHAMή continues
to collaborate with the world’s foremost scientific institutes, driving
Mars Petcare’s Vision to make A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS and providing the
science and expertise that underpins leading Mars Petcare brands such as
WHISKASή, PEDIGREE, NUTROή, TRILL, CESARή, SHEBA, DREAMIESή,
AQUARIAN, WINERGYή, BANFIELD Pet Hospital and the ROYAL CANINή brand.
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In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma,
Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery
company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in
business and together they launched the MILKY WAY bar. In 1932,
Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a
business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for
all stakeholders” — this objective serves as the foundation of Mars,
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