Obesity in Dogs

Obesity in Dogs
Obesity is common in dogs of all ages. When your dog is overweight, he is suffering from a nutritional disease that is defined by an abundance of body fat. Dogs that have the lack or ability to exercise, are over nourished, or an inclination to retain fat are the most at risk for gaining weight and becoming overweight. Obesity can cause dangerously adverse health effects, such as lifespan reduction, even if your dog is just moderately obese. Excess body fat affects multiple areas of your dog's body, such as the digestive organs, joints, bones, and organs responsible for breathing potential.

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Signs of Overweight
To learn if your dog needs to lose some weight, feel around his spine and ribs. You should be able to find both with just a slight layer of fat between the bones from skin. If you can’t locate the ribcage, your dog is overweight.

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Causes of obesity
There are various reasons for your dog being overweight. It is frequently a result of an imbalance between energy intake and usage, such as eating more calories than your dog can spend. Obesity also is common in senior dogs due to the natural decrease in the ability to exercise. Inadequate exercise, an alternating diet, unhealthy eating habits, such as consuming high-calorie dog food, and abundance of treats can also bring on this condition. Other common causes include:

  • Neutering
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  • Hypothyroidism
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  • Cushing’s Disease
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  • Adult onset diabetes
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  • Hyperadrenocorticism
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  • A tumor in the pancreas

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How is obesity in dogs diagnosed
Obesity is primarily diagnosed by assessing your dog’s body composition, such as measuring body weight or scoring body condition. Your veterinarian will exam your dog and palpate his ribs, head, tail, and lumbar area. The doctor will correlate the results to the breed standard. If your dog is obese, he will have an excess body weight of approximately 10 to 15 percent. In the nine-point scoring system, dogs that have a body condition score of either eight or nine are considered obese.

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Symptoms of obesity in dogs
Some of the symptoms of obesity in dogs include:

  • Weight gain
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  • Excess body fat
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  • Unwillingness or inability to exercise
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  • Above-ideal score in body condition assessment

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Weight loss treatments for dogs
Diets rich in dietary fiber and protein and low in fat are typically recommended. Dietary protein stimulates energy expenditure and metabolism, along with providing a full feeling.

Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.
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