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Illness: A dog that is grossly overweight is obese.
Symptoms: Weight gain, excess body fat, inability to exercise or move, diabetes, arthritis
Who's Affected & Why: According to CNN, the majority of adult dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. In the last year, the problem has worsened. Fifty-three percent of adult dogs were classified as obese by their veterinarians. That is approximately 41 million dogs. Middle-aged and indoor dogs are most susceptible to obesity.
How to Prevent & Cope: Maintaing a healthy and balanced diet and lifestyle for your dog is important to prevent obesity. If your dog is obese, weight loss and increased physical activity is possible with gradual, but regular treatment. (petMD)