Its said from 20-40 percent of dogs in developed countries are overweight or obese.
Overweight or obese dogs are more at risk of diabetes, damage to joints, bones and ligaments, heart Disease, increased blood pressure, decreased stamina, heat intolerance, decreased liver function, digestive disorders, increased surgical and anaesthetic risk, reproductive issues, decreased immune function, increased risk of cancer, and most importantly a decreased quality and length of life.
Breeds most prone to obesity;Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Weimaraners, Dalmatians, Basset Hounds, Shetland Sheepdogs, Kelpies, Mastiffs, St. Bernards, Great Danes, Elkhounds, English Springer Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, Pugs, Dachshunds, Australian Cattle Dog, Miniature Schnauzers, Miniature Poodles, Shih Tzus, Cavalier King Charles, Welsh Corgis, Bichon Frise, Border Collies and Cairn Terriers.
Assessing your dogs weight;1. Running your hands along your dog's ribcage, you should be able to palpate the ribs covered by a thin layer of fat. Inability to feel the ribs is a sign of an overweight dog.
2. Looking at your dog from the side, you should be able to see the upward tuck of the abdomen. An overweight dog will have very little or no tuck.
3. Viewing your dog from above, there should be a moderate narrowing at the waist just past the ribcage. A straight or bulging line from the ribcage to the hips indicates an overweight dog.
4. Pay attention to the breeds ideal weight. Although all dogs are different, if your dog is 10kg over the breeds general ideal weight, you know something has to be done.
Obesity in Dogs - Canine Weight Management and Obesity Prevention for Dog Owners
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