My Dog Is Getting Fat – Should I Do Something About It?
Have you ever confessed the truth to yourself and thought, “my dog is fat?” and wondered if you should be worried? Some dogs just love their food and treats so much and will literally follow you around, telepathically telling you they want snacks all the time. You know your pup looks great just the way they are. However, as adorable and perfect as your dog is, weight management is important for their health, happiness, and longevity.
Many veterinarians will assess if a dog is overweight if they can no longer feel the dog’s ribs when they touch their chest.
Over 50% of dogs are thought to be overweight. This just shows how important it is to raise awareness of the detrimental effects that having an overweight dog can have. Many veterinarians will assess if a dog is overweight if they can no longer feel the dog’s ribs when they touch their chest. When it comes down to it, there are two main difficulties with our pups being overweight.
Having An Overweight Dog Can Have A Plethora Of Health Issues
Just like humans who are overweight can be more susceptible to a multitude of health issues, the same concept applies for dogs. Their quality of life suffers and that is one of the last things we want for our best furry friends. Your dog may have to deal with issues including diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney and heart disease, cancer, weak bones, and more. Overweight dogs also have a shorter life expectancy.
Health Issues Associated With Canine Obesity Are Expensive
Because of all these health issues associated with dogs who are overweight, the treatments are not cheap. And these medical bills could be unnecessary if your dog maintains a healthy weight! So in addition to your dog suffering, your wallet will suffer – and this is completely avoidable! If dog parents realized how their dog’s quality of life diminishes and hundreds and thousands of dollars could be saved if your pup is healthy, hopefully the large percentage of obese dogs will reduce.
What Should I Do To Start My Dog’s Weight Management?
There’s a few things you can do to get your pup’s weight loss moving!
- It’s important to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian, as they can provide insight into your dog’s ideal weight and the best program for your dog. They know your dog and can use their history, breed information, and more to ensure their weight management is customized based around what is best for them.
- Limit those treats! And the treats you do give them, make sure they are healthy and not full of junk and extra calories. Here is a yummy, easy, and healthy vegan DIY treat you can make at home.
- Measure your dog’s food intake. It’s essential you let your vet know what they eat, so they can help you provide the best plan of action. Resist from giving them an “extra” scoop because in the long run that’s not going to help them.
- Check with your vet about an exercise program. Are you taking your dog on enough walks, every day? Perhaps you can start running with your dog. This can provide a healthy bonding experience for both of you. Check out our post “Discover 9 Staggering Benefits Of Running With Your Dog.”
- Be patient! They didn’t gain all the weight overnight, and they won’t lose it either. Being consistent and knowing you are helping your pup’s health and life span with sticking to their health goals.