Why is my dog overweight

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    Obesity in dogs is a major problem with some surveys for older dogs suggesting that nearly half are overweight.
    In most surveys Labradors come top of the list.
    It simply doesn’t make sense that people who own Labradors are more inclined to feed too much and exercise their dogs insufficiently.
    New research strongly suggests that there are genetic and hormonal reasons why some dogs become overweight.
    There is a hormone called leptin produced by fat tissue that influences the desire to seek out food.
    A mutation of leptin gene can cause an increase in appetite that is in excess of the needs of the dog.
    These dogs soon develop various strategies to persuade their owners to feed them more.

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