Obesity problems

Obesity is the most common problem to the dog. This problem converges to inactivity and laziness that that turn into obesity. A vicious circle! The extra weight that the dog carries risks to turn into cardiovascular problem, respiratory problem, liver, diabetes, arthritis, problems in the urinary and reproductive system, orthopedic problems, skin not to mention the high health risk with anesthesia . It seems that 25% to 30% of American pets are affected by this problem (the figures seem to vary from one research to another). Several studies have shown that excess weight has a significantly negative effect on the health and longevity of the dog and / or cat. These studies suggest that a dog with a normal or even slightly lower weight would have a longer life of approximately two years.


Obesity is defined as an excessive accumulation of body fat of 20% and more of the weight considered ideal.


Weight gain occurs when the number of calories consumed exceeds the amount spent on a daily basis.


Several factors may predispose to obesity. There are: genetics, physical activity, quality and quantity of food or even a problem related to the thyroid. Several causes can also be combined simultaneously.

The two most effective ways to prevent and correct obesity in dogs are regular exercise and a strict control of the ingested food. The exercise may vary and take various forms, such as a daily walk, a jog, a few rigorous sessions of fetch a ball, also swimming is an excellent choice for your dog to stretch. It is important to start at a young age and especially to properly monitor your pet. If your pet is significantly overweight, begin the exercises slowly and have the dog stretch before and after all the main activities of your pet.

Regarding control of the food, the best way is still restricting portions. Some dogs demonstrate "moderation" in a natural way, even when the food is permanently accessible. But most dogs tend to overeat with this way of working, which can eventually create a serious and recurring problem with the weight. As regards the quantities of food to give specified on the packaging, they are set approximately and are not assayed properly for all dogs. We must consider the level of physical activity, the temperament of the animal and his physical condition. In addition, the habitat where the dog lives is an important criterion to consider ... does he live inside or outside? Do not forget to review the portion of your pet more often during the year; with the approach of winter, for example, where the exercise is less for some breed while for others (dog sledding), the portion will instead be increased.

Notably, if a control is exercised on the food level, it is also much easier to notice if your dog has serious health problems as it is common in such cases, the animal will refuses to feed himself.

The dog's weight is not only a valuable information to assert a weight problem; visual and tactile examination is required for a proper evaluation. Some breeds have a predisposition to being overweight such as labrador, beagle, dachshund and Shetland shepherds.

Here is a very important link to determine which shape best fits your pet and deepen your analysis.

Important!! For the human and for the dog. The human should be seen by a doctor prior starting an exercise program, ask him if the program will be appropriate for you. Same thing with your dog. You should see the vet about the new exercise program that you will be starting with your dog to know if it will be appropriate.

Christianne Tremblay

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