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The Dangers Of Obesity In Dogs

So you know how dogs basically have a bottomless pit for a stomach? Well apart from using this to clean up the dropped food from dinner time, their lack of self-control is a bit problematic. Obesity comes down to two things, be it in humans, dogs, or any other species: intake of food, and exercise. Obesity occurs when energy intake is greater than energy used. The excess weight causes a whole host of problems, putting strain on internal organs, joints and bones. It can also lead to more serious long-term health problems, such as diabetes or respiratory problems.

Dogs rely on humans for their food, and it becomes hard not to indulge your best friend in the odd natural dog treat, or extra meal, and before you know it, it’s an extra bag of food; those puppy eyes are lethal.

What Should I Feed My Dog To Keep Him A Healthy Weight?

There are simply such huge quantities of dog food brands available and it is hard to know what is best for your pet, let alone the different quantities they need for each brand. Always read the bag and if you are unsure, most food companies have a helpline you can call. You don't have to stop giving treats, Barker and Barker treats are low in fat and are ideal for dog's who are on a controlled diet. They are perfect to take out on a walk , or just for a reward for great behaviour, as even though they are small, their taste is big!

Various diseases and conditions can also contribute to doggy obesity. Illnesses like diabetes can make dogs more prone to obesity. Medications such as glucocorticoids and benzodiazepines can influence metabolism and appetite which may lead to obesity. Some breeds are also simply more prone to being overweight, including but not exclusive to Labrador Retrievers, Dachshunds, and Beagles.

To be honest, the parallels we can draw between dogs a humans is endless, even to the extent that both live more inactive lives compared to 50 years ago; we’re a bad influence on each other. A healthy dog, and a healthy human, needs to expend more energy than is consumed to remain healthy, but requirements vary according to breed. A Border Collie needs more than 2 hours exercise a day, a far cry from the requirements of a Pomeranian. Thus, you should be careful when you are choosing your dog and consider whether you really have the time commitment that different breeds require. Responsibility is a vital part of having a pet.

Dogs in good condition have a clear look where there is an obvious waist in front of the back legs. This is most evident when viewed from above. In dogs with thin coats, you should also be able to feel, but not see, the ribcage.

When it comes down to both prevention and treatment, the vet always seems to hold all the answers. While prevention is key, if your dog’s eating does get out of hand, your vet can help you draw up an exercise and feeding regime which will slowly help nurse him back to a healthy weight. Prevention is, however, of course the key in this case, and begins right from the beginning when you acquire your new pup. Regular weigh-ins can also be arranged with the vet to keep an eye on your pooch’s state once you bring him home. Keep your faithful friend healthy; he deserves it!

Keep your eye on our blog for more information on dog care here at Barker & Barker.

Posted On: 26/02/2017

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