"even in dogs only moderately overweight, fat had an impact on their health. "Obesity is the over-consumption of calories, which leads to increased levels of blood glucose circulating in the bloodstream. With that, we also have increased insulin levels," says Dan Christian, DVM... "When both these things are circulating in excess, there is damage to the organs in the body, including the pancreas"... there's a lot of damage at the cellular level" ("New Data On Obesity and Pets." Dog World. June, 2004: 7).

Colby Glass, MLIS