Less is more when it comes to a long, healthy life. In a benchmark study, researchers found that Labrador Retrievers fed 25% less food than the normal guidelines lived about 2 years longer than those fed the “normal” amount. More suprisingly, they found that 77% of the “normal” Labs developed radiographic evidence of arthritis at age eight compared to only 10% of the calorie restricted dogs.. And 38% of the calorie-restricted dogs were still living after all the regular-diet dogs had passed. This study concluded that dogs fed fewer calories lived longer and had fewer health problems. Do your pet a favor and treade the treats for extra playtime. You just may add high-quality years to both of your lives.
Fetch Spring/Summer 2010