As for feeding dogs, kibble has come more prevalent, the number of overweight dogs has increased. Now, more than half of the dogs in the U.S. are overweight. Although correlation doesn’t equal causation, the likelihood, in this case, is that the two are related.
Kibble is often made up of half (or more) grains. This provides your dog with more calories than they can use. As a result, their body turns these calories into fat.
To make matters worse, many dog owners fail to either acknowledge that their dogs are overweight or see it as a problem.
They believe that a little extra fat cannot hurt and are reluctant to make changes to their dogs’ diet. Plus, they like to treat their dogs with food. However, a dog who is overweight this year could easily become obese in the next couple of years.
If you cannot feel your dog’s ribs when you touch her sides, they are overweight — and it’s time to make a change.