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Obesity is a nutritional disease which is defined by an excess of body fat. Dogs that are over nourished, lack the ability to exercise, or that have a tendency to retain weight are the most at risk for becoming obese. Obesity can result in serious adverse health effects, such as reducing the lifespan, even if your dog is only moderately obese. This excess body fat can cause strains on joints, affect your dog’s organs responsible for breathing capacity and the digestive organs.

Obesity is common in dogs of all ages, but it usually occurs in middle-aged dogs, and generally in those that are between the ages of 5 and 10. Neutered and indoor dogs also tend to have a higher risk of becoming obese due to lack of activity and changes in metabolism.

What does it matter if my pet is overweight?

Pet obesity can also cause serious health problems, and make existing problems worse, which can reduce the length and quality of your pet’s life. Conditions such as:

  • ● Diabetes
  • ● Heart disease
  • ● Respiratory distress
  • ● High blood pressure
  • ● Cancers

To help your pet keep a healthy weight,

check out the Dog Size-O-Meter.

Despite pet obesity being a potentially life-limiting condition, many pet owners are unaware of the gravity of the issue. Most owners (63%) feel more important problems face their pets and only 1 in 3 people know how to visually check the weight of their pet.

If you are unsure about the weight of your dog and have any doubts then call in to see us and we can set up a weight program tailored to your dog.

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