Treating our pets feels great and they appreciate it a lot, but if we want them to be healthy, we need to manage their daily portions more accurately. Nowadays obesity is a real problem that can cause long-term health issues for your dog. For example, more than a half of domestic animals in America are overweight. This statistic is very concerning.
How do I know if my pet is overweight?
Most obvious sign is your dogs’ size and weight. But sometimes you wouldn’t be able to notice the increase in weight if your dog is large to begin with – some breeds are big-boned so visuals may be deceptive. Weight your pet every few month to avoid confusion. If you’re not sure how you weight them – vets usually have proper dog scales at their disposal. If you have scales at home a great trick is to weight yourself first, then hold your pet and weight both of you at the same time. After you do that it’s fairly easy to calculate your dogs’ weight – just subtract your weight from the total weight and you will get your dogs’ weight.
Is obesity dangerous?
It can cause a lot of discomfort and serious medical issues such as:
- High blood pressure.
- High levels of cholesterol.
- Hart, liver and kidney problems.
- Various dermal conditions.
- Joint pain.
- Increased risk of cancer.
What can cause obesity?
Same as for people – lack of exercise and overindulgence in food will most likely result in excessive weight. It’s not easy to find time to take your dog on a long walk every day, but walks are necessary for your pets’ well-being.
How can I help my overweight dog to get healthier?
Firstly, we must admit that we need to pay more attention to our pets’ diet. It’s hard to limit pup’ portions when it’s used to overeating. Dog will ask for more food at first, but you should be strict about for a pet to get accustomed to its new meal plan. If you’re not sure how mush to feed your pet – look for nutritional information on the box of its dry food. If you feed your pet raw food – pay attention to carb, fat and protein ratio.
Hopefully now that you’re properly informed you will get your dog on the right track in no time!