Overweight Dogs

Overweight Issues in Dogs
Dog obesity is quickly becoming one of the most prevalent health problems in dogs. Understanding how to prevent dog obesity with proper diet and exercise, the ideal weight for your dog, and steps to take if your dog is overweight, is crucial to his quality of life.

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Health Risks in Overweight Dogs
When a dog carries excess weight, it places additional demands on practically every organ in their bodies. When those organs are overloaded, disease and sometimes death are the result. Every dog owner should be informed of the severe health risks for overweight dogs. The more common consequences of obesity in dogs include:

  • Heat intolerance
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  • Digestive orders
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  • Diabetes mellitus
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  • Trouble breathing
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  • Diminished stamina
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  • Reproductive problems
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  • Increased risk of cancer
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  • Weakened liver function
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  • Skin and hair coat problems
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  • Depressed immune function
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  • Decreased quality and length of life
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  • Increased anesthetic and surgical risk
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  • Damage to joint, bones, and ligaments
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  • Heart disease and increased blood pressure

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Assessing Your Dog’s ideal Weight
When your dog is at his ideal weight, you can feel his ribs easily. If you look at your dog’s back, you should be able to see an hourglass-shaped waist after his ribs. When a dog is obese, his waist disappears, appears rounded out, or flat.

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Finding an Ideal Diet for Your Dog
High-quality dog foods list the level of calories per cup on the bag. There are numerous online sites to help you determine how many calories are in your dog food if the label lacks information. With this information, you can determine the approximate amount of food you need to feed your dog to maintain or reduce his weight. Don't forget to factor in treats by decreasing the amount of regular food you give him. Obesity is very treatable, and the benefits are tremendous regarding quality of life, longevity, and reduced vet bills. Making adjustments enables your dog to live his life to the fullest.

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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