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Overview40% of dogs in the USA are overweight or obesePfizer animal health found through a study, that Veterinarian’sconsider 47% of their patients are overweight or obese but only 17%of their owners think the sameSources report 17,000,000 overweight or obese dogs in the USA . Obesity contributes to many preventable illnesses and deaths indogsPictured is a Standard Dachshund recently in the news. Maximumweight for a male Doxie is 32 lbs. He weighs 70
Breeds prone to obesity Any dog can become overweight or obese. However certain breeds are more likely. Some breeds are picky eaters, others will eat until they burst. Common breeds most likely to become obese are:DalmatiansLabrador RetrieversGolden RetrieversBoxersCocker SpanielsDachshundsGerman ShepherdsBeaglesBasset HoundsScottish TerriersYorkshire TerriersShih TzuEnglish BulldogFrench BulldogChihuahuaMixes of any of the above breeds
Causes of ObesitySpaying or neuteringFeeding habitsSlow metabolism usually after 5years. Areal problem if your dog is obese by 2 yr.Lack of exerciseHormonal disordersBreed of dogMedications especially steroids
Health ProblemsOsteoarthritisCardiac diseaseRespiratory conditionsHeat strokeInability to exerciseSkin problemsImmune system compromised Cruciate or intervertebral disk ruptureSurgical riskDiabetes
Signs of obesityFeel your dog’s ribs. If there is so much fat youcannot easily feel all of the ribs he is obeseLook from above. Does he have a waist? Youshould be able to see a visible narrowing justpast the 13th or last rib .Pendulous belly fat. A dog should not have abeer belly.Have your Veterinarian check your dog over. Hecan tell you if he should go on a diet. Don’t bethe 83% of pet owners who refuse toacknowledge their dog is fat . Listen to yourVeteranarian and keep your pet healthy.
Tips to keep them fitFeed a top quality dog food. Feed your adult dog the least amountrecommended for your dog’s ideal weight. Some dogs do need the higheramount due to metabolism but start out with the lower. Until a dog is fullgrown (up to one and two years for large and giant breeds 7 months smalldogs do not feed to maintain the adult weight. Puppies need maximumnutrition and extra food to grow properly )Do not free feed an adult dog . Feed twice a day.Exercise him daily. Depending on the breed and age the exercise, can bewalks, jogging, swimming, or chasing a ball .For treats use veggies and fruits. Carrots ,string beans ,apple, melon,banana, and other non-starchy vegetables make great lo cal treats. Alsoplain popcorn.Have a full pysical to make sure your dog dose not have health problemmaking him obese.Your Veterinarian can recommend the best diet for your dog if he isoverweight or obese