Weight management is essential to your dog’s overall health. Obesity can lead to many health problems for your dog such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and even certain types of cancer. More than 50 percent of the pet population in America is overweight and therefore are at risk of developing additional health problems. A majority of the time obesity is mainly due to a poor diet and excessive eating.
Your dog’s weight is always measured during their yearly examinations with a veterinarian but in between their vet visits you may begin to notice an increase in your dog’s weight. If there is a considerable fluctuation in your dog’s weight throughout the year and you are concerned it is always best to contact your veterinarian. It may be as easy as making adjustments to your dog’s foods and daily activities to help bring your weight back to a healthy level.
There are some other factors that can contribute to a dog’s increase in weight and ultimately obesity. As dog’s age they become less active and therefore just like humans eating too much with too little exercise can add extra pounds to our weight. Female dogs have a tendency to gain more weight than the average male dog as well as dogs that have been neutered.
If your dog is obese you may receive recommendations by your veterinarian to replace your dog’s current dog’s food with a low calorie food while increasing their daily activities in order to bring their weight back to a healthy level.
Choosing a well balanced food and sticking to the recommended portion sizes as well as a daily exercise routine will help keep your dog healthy and maintain a healthy weight.
A health dog is a happy dog and who doesn’t want their dog to be happy?