Research shows that a cat or dog that maintains its ideal body weight is less likely to experience chronic ailments such as diabetes, joint or mobility issues and may have a longer lifespan compared to pets with obesity. Yet, according to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, between 50 and 60 percent of pets in Canada are currently overweight or obese.
Bennett is a one-year-old Belgian Malinois and German Sheppard mix. His calm, independent and gentle personality is what drew Kristen Logan to adopt him as a ten-week-old puppy – and they have been inseparable ever since.
Dr. Shane Bateman is an Associate Professor and Critical Care Specialist in the Department of Clinical Studies at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). We interviewed him for the Spring/Summer 2023 edition of Best Friends.