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Obesity in Dogs

Is your canine pal getting a bit pudgy? If so, Fido is certainly in good company: more than 80% of adult dogs are obese or overweight. While your furry friend may look cute if he’s chubby, that extra weight is very bad for his health. Read on as a local Greensboro, NC vet discusses obesity in dogs.

Dangers of Obesity

Obesity can wreak havoc on your canine companion’s health. Dogs that are overweight or obese are at risk of developing several dangerous medical problems, such as heart disease, respiratory issues, bone and joint troubles, and liver and kidney problems. Pups that are overweight are also at greater risk of having complications after surgery, and are more likely to have reproductive troubles. Those extra pounds also increase the chances of your four-legged friend developing painful bone/joint issues, such as arthritis, and can even shorten Fido’s lifespan!

Feeding Fido

Make sure your pooch is getting good, high-quality food. You also want to pay close attention to the amount of food you are dishing out. Even giving your four-legged pal just a little too much at every meal can cause him to start packing on the pounds. Ask your vet for specific advice, including serving sizes and suitable snacks.

Begging

Begging is definitely a factor in doggy obesity rates. It can be hard to resist that cute furry face! However, if your pooch is getting chubby, he may be manipulating you into overindulging him. If you absolutely can’t resist that sad-puppy stare, offer your theatrical pet a healthy snack, such as a carrot or string bean, instead of that burger he’s eyeing.

Keeping Fido Fit

Making sure Fido gets the right type and amount of exercise is very important! Ask your vet for specific advice on your pup’s workout regimen. Your pet’s age, breed, weight, and health will all factor in to determining his exact needs. That said, most dogs need at least a daily walk.

Helping Your Pet Slim Down

If you have a furry little butterball on your hands, ask your vet for recommendations on helping Fido lose weight. Never put your canine buddy on a crash diet: this can wreak havoc with his metabolism, and could make him very sick!

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health, diet, or care? We are here to help! Call us, your local Greensboro, NC animal clinic, today!

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