Fat Dogs – Four Health Problems Caused by Dog Obesity and Three Tactics to Help Your Dog Slim Down
Pet obesity is not given the same level of focus as human obesity but is nonetheless one of the biggest pet care problems. While animals seem to get through their daily lives regardless of their excess weight, there are several problems that the extra weight can cause.
Dogs are some of the biggest victims where obesity is concerned because their owners are often unaware that a little pudginess can present problems; in fact, dog owners often find it “cute.” Unfortunately, that rolly polly look can really put Fido into danger.
To highlight some of the problems associated with dog obesity, I have compiled some useful information. After reading my overview, you may have some questions about what you can do to help your dog lose the excess weight and become healthier and happier.
To this end, I’ve also provided you with some quick tips on what you can do to help to guarantee your dog’s health and safety.
The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the most important in the body. It is found in the knees of your dog, and it is pertinent to basic mobility. The heavier the dog, the more strain is put on the ligament through walking and running. Running multiplies the amount of force pushed onto the ligament with each step. Once these ligaments are torn, our only option is to perform surgery to repair them.
ACL tearing is not the only concern where dog obesity is concerned as the cartilage in knee joints also takes a beating from the heavyweight. This leads to cartilage wear, which then results in the two bones of the joint making contact. Arthritis is then a problem that makes for a very uncomfortable existence. While we can offer treatment options, the best-sustained method of battling cartilage wear is weight loss.
The formation of tumors is random in most parts of a dog’s body. There are risk factors that make certain tumors more likely to develop, however. Lipomas that are made up of fatty tissues are more likely to form in fat dogs. This is because there is a higher concentration of fat cells present in the area. Bladder and breast cancers are also more likely in these larger animals.
Overweight dogs struggle to get quality sleep. Chest expansion and contraction are involuntary movements that occur to allow for the passage of air. This natural flow is disturbed when dogs are obese. Unfortunately, this means that optimal sleep patterns are affected. This also translates to anesthetic problems, which can make our jobs that much harder during surgical procedures.
What can you do to help your dog lose weight?
The issues we’ve discussed are not the only possibilities, but they are some of the most likely. At this point, you may be asking how you can help to fight obesity in your dog.
The first and most obvious step is exercise. Just like in humans, increasing activity is a great weight reduction method for fat dogs.
Second, pay attention to nutrition. Treats and human food are not the most wholesome choices for dogs. Dog food is available that has a perfect balance of required nutrients for your pet.
Finally, you should probably bring your dog in for a check-up. We evaluate dogs on a case by case basis and can recommend the right nutrition plan for him. This allows us to tailor-make a program that is optimal for getting your dog into a desirable shape.
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