Chronic Obesity In Dogs
Chronic Obesity In Dogs is one of those nutritional diseases which is referred to the excess of body fat. Usually over nourished dogs lack the will and ability to exercise and adopt an active lifestyle. They also have a tendency to gain weight and become obese. Obesity can really be very dangerous for dog’ health. Chronic obesity in dogs can result in shorter life span, joints problem and reduced breathing capacity.
Obesity in dogs isn’t related to any specific age, all dogs can become obese at any age but mostly middle aged dogs, 5 to 10 years old, are more exposed to become obese.
Symptoms of Chronic Obesity In Dogs
- Excessive Body Fat
- Sluggish Behavior
- Reduced Exercise
- Weight Gain
Causes Of Chronic Obesity In Dogs
Diagnosis of Chronic Obesity In Dogs
The best and most common practice to diagnose Chronic Obesity In Dogs is by calculating the body to weight ratio which includes complete body assessment. Usually vets examine a dog’s ribs, tail, head and lumbar area.
DID YOU KNOW MOST OF THE OBESE DOGS HAVE APPROXIMATELY 10-15 PERCENT OF EXCESS BODY WEIGHT.
Treatment for Chronic Obesity In Dogs is completely focused on weight loss. This target is achieved by minimizing the overall calorie intake and increasing the exercise time. Vets prepare a completely personalized diet plan for dog based upon its obesity, this plan helps your dog to achieve the weight loss target on the long term. Remember, dogs can’t shed weight overnight, so you got to be patient with it.
Usually vets recommend low fat dog food for overweight and obese dogs. The whole motive behind this recommended diet is to control the eating habits of your dog, when your dog won’t feel hungry again shortly after having a meal, it will surely reduce the food intake. Physical activities play an important part in controlling the weight gain issue in dogs, try to increase the physical activity level of your dog. And make sure you don’t offer your pooch any treats in the meantime. I would recommend people to at least take out time for leash walking twice a day. A 15 minute walk is enough, moreover try to play games like fetch too.
Chronic Obesity In Dogs can be easily controlled but it requires a firm commitment from your side. Follow your vet’s instructions and regularly visit your vet.