Nearly 23% of Labrador Retriever Population Missing a Very Important Part of The Gene That Controls Hunger.
These dogs don’t feel when they are full and those are the ones that will give you their puppy eyes more often asking for food. And, of course, we love our Labs and we think why not what harm will it do…Right? Wrong. According to research done those dogs are likely to get obese, as well as develop diseases associated with obesity. There is a silver lining, however, according to sciencemag.org “Labs are also the most popular guide dogs because their food motivation makes them easy to train.”
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Most service dogs are Labrador Retrievers. And all of that is due to the fact that our Labs are missing a chunk from their POMC gene responsible for feeling full and one of the reasons leading to obesity in Labrador Retrievers.
According to cell.com, “Obesity in dogs is associated with reduced lifespan and several specific morbidities similar to those seen in human obesity.” Obesity in Labrador Retrievers is a very serious and life-altering discovery that shouldn’t be overlooked and in fact has to be paid close attention to, if we want our Labs to be around as long as possible.
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