Pudgy may look cute, but the dangers of dog obesity are not!
Dogs are our best friends, and we love them dearly. But there is a problem and it’s getting worse – dog obesity. It is not just a cosmetic issue but a serious health threat for dogs.
Several factors influence a dog’s ideal weight, including body type, size, and gender. Breeds have so many body types and sizes that it’s challenging to determine an ideal weight. And mixed breeds can make it even harder. The body conditioning scoring system (BCS) is what most vets rely on to determine if a dog is underweight, of normal weight, or overweight. It’s a system that you, too, can use.
Here’s the thing: Pudgy may look cute, but the dangers of dog obesity are not so adorable. Some health risks include a higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer, liver disease, and joint problems, just to name the most common. Those extra pounds can also contribute to arthritis and respiratory difficulties and affect your dog’s quality of life and life expectancy. And all of these health issues can happen to your dog at any age.
If you have an overweight or obese dog, it’s essential to consult your veterinarian. Is your pup overeating, not eating the right foods, or getting enough exercise? Perhaps it’s due to an underlying condition, or maybe the extra pounds have something to do with your dog’s medication. We shouldn’t guess for ourselves because a dog’s body is just as complex as a human body and when problems arise, it’s best to rely on a medical professional.
All dogs, regardless of age, body condition, or breed, require a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and routine check-ups at the vet. As pup parents, it’s our responsibility to take our dog’s health seriously and to give them the best life we can…they deserve it!
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Body Conditioning Scoring System
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