Dr. Chyrle Bonk Is Interviewed by ‘Pet Food Industry’ Magazine About Pet Obesity

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When Pet Food Industry magazine wanted to interview a veterinarian to discuss pet obesity and other nutrition topics, they turned to the Senior Tail Waggers team and Dr. Chyrle Bonk.

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The epidemic of dog obesity in the United States is a concerning trend driven by overfeeding, lack of exercise, and poor dietary choices, mirroring human health challenges. Addressing this issue is vital not only for the well-being of our canine companions but also for reducing associated health risks such as diabetes, joint problems, and reduced lifespan.

Listen to this 30-minute interview on Soundcloud or read key summary points below on the top reason for pet obesity in the United States:

A few key points discussed in the interview:

Many pet owners don’t realize their pets are overweight, and they often get defensive when veterinarians bring it up. This is because owners are used to seeing overweight animals and might not know what a healthy weight looks like for their pets.

Sometimes, owners don’t have a scale at home to check their pets’ weight, but veterinarians can help by using body condition scores instead.

body condition chart for dogs

Another problem is that owners often misunderstand feeding guidelines, leading them to overfeed their pets. Providing proper measuring tools, like cup measures, can help them understand portion sizes better. However, we have found that owners are sometimes not sure about what a “cup” is so educating them on this issue is important.

Pets also get too many treats, especially when owners feel guilty about not exercising them enough. However, these treats can add up and contribute to weight gain.

Cost is another issue when it comes to choosing pet food. While higher-quality food may seem more expensive upfront, it often ends up being more cost-effective because you need to feed less of it. Educating owners about the long-term benefits of quality food could help them make better choices for their pets’ health.

Overall, addressing these misunderstandings and providing practical solutions can help pet owners better manage their pets’ weight and overall well-being.

Learn more about the growing epidemic of obesity in dogs

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  • Dr Chyrle Bonk, Veterinarian

    Dr. Chyrle Bonk received her Master in Animal Science from the University of Idaho and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Oregon State University in 2010. She has over 10 years of experience in small animal veterinary practice, working for a veterinary clinic in Idaho.

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