Is your Pup Piling on the Pounds?
Obesity is a subject often in the news, often making those of us carrying an extra few founds squirm!
But did you know the obesity is amongst the fast growing health concerns in dogs? It’s estimated that between 30-60% of dogs are overweight, are we killing our pets with kindness?
Dogs which are overweight can experience the same issues that humans do, including heart disease and diabetes. Their joints and back will be working under strain and can even lead to arthritis.
Our dogs come in all shapes and sizes, so identifying a perfect weight can be difficult – this is why we also need to consider their shape.
Can you feel their ribs if you run your hand along their side?
Do they have an obvious waist when looking down from above?
Just like humans, if a dogs intake of food provides more energy than they use up then the excess will be stored as fat.
If you suspect that your dog is overweight, then seek advice from your vet. Most practices offer a weight clinic where they will determine an appropriate weight loss goal.
Here’s some food for thought before you share your breakfast:
A slice of buttered toast to a Cocker Spaniel provides around a sixth of their daily calorie requirement – equivalent to two bags of crisps to a person.
Keeping your dog in tip top condition is all part of responsible ownership, which is why we invested in a set of weighing scales. Please ask your trainer for assistance if you wish to weigh your dog, they will always be happy to help.