Obesity in dogs is becoming incredibly common. Sadly, half of dogs are now overweight or obese. The effects can be life threatening so think before you give your loved one that extra ‘treat’.
By in large, the cause is simply from eating more calories than they are burning. The solution is generally also relatively simple – less calories and more exercise! However, there can be other reasons your pooch is piling on the pounds.
Learn more below:
Symptoms of obesity in dogs include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Weight gain
- Lack of mobility
- No or little visible waistline
- No palpable ribcage
- Excess body fat
- Distended abdomen
- Lack of grooming
Causes of Obesity
- Feeding your pet more than his daily allowance or feeding your pet scraps, high-fat foods or too many treats
- Lack of exercise
- Owners misconception of their dog’s unhealthy body condition
- Age can be a factor. Dogs over five become more sedentary and burn less calories each day
- Some breeds are predisposed to obesity (Terrier breeds, Dachshunds, Labrador Retrievers, Beagles, Spaniels etc)
- Hypothyroidism (under active thyroid), Insulinoma (tumour of the pancreas that produces excessive amounts of insulin) and Hyperadrenocorticism (excessive production of the hormone cortisol from the adrenal glands) can contribute to weight gain
- Neutering/spaying decreases can decrease fullness
- Glucocorticoids (can be used for adrenal insufficiency and various allergic, inflammatory and autoimmune disorders) can lead to weight gain and abnormal fat deposition
- Phenobarbital (anti-seizure drugs) can decrease fullness and lead to overeating
Go to your Vet
A good first step would be to visit a vet. If you dramatically reduce the amount of food your dog gets, this will only frustrate and irritate your pooch. The vet can tell you why your dog is gaining weight and then set you on the right path.
Your dog can be the most loyal and loving best friend you will ever have. In return they just need you to look after them! Pet shops such as Maxi Zoo, Petmania etc can help you find healthy treats for your dog.
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