Malnutrition. Webster’s dictionary defines it as “faulty or imperfect nutrition.” It is also defined as a lack of healthy foods in the diet or an excessive intake of unhealthy foods leading to physical harm. In 2003 The National Academies’ National Research Council declared that one of every four dogs and cats in the Western world is overweight.
“But my dog likes his treats.”
“What’s the big deal? She’s happy.”
These are just a few of the many excuses I’ve heard from my clients trying to explain away their pet’s obesity.