Many people may not be aware of this, but obesity is one of the greatest problems dogs are facing today. Obesity in dogs is increasing a lot because the dogs don’t get enough exercise. In today overworked, over-stressed society many people simply don’t have enough energy to go for a long walk or exercising after a long day of hard work.
Not to mention that idiotic habit of imprisoning (pardon me, “crating”) your best friend into a small confined space for many many hours daily!
Whoever came up with that stupid idea Ought to be imprisoned for the rest of his/her life in a 6’x6′ crate!
The problem many times is also caused by too much food and an unhealthy habit of giving them too many treats.
Like humans, dogs also develop certain diseases when they are overweight. These diseases will lead to more serious complications including death. So for people who wish to know the repercussions of obesity in dogs, here are some of the known consequences:
Obesity in dogs tends to put extra weight on their bones. In turn, the joints and other parts of the dog’s bones may develop arthritis.
Excess weight in dogs may also initiate the development of other muscle and joint problems like spinal disc disease, hip dysplasia, and cracks on the joint ligaments.
Like humans, dogs can get diabetes too. We all know for a fact that excessive weight can cause diabetes in humans, this can also happen in dogs. This is because the more fat is stored in the dog’s body, the harder it’s system will generate insulin in order to cope up with its growing mass. Hence, dogs also have the tendency to resist too much insulin in the body. The end result is diabetes.
3. Skin problems
Obesity in dogs can also cause some skin problems. This is because excess fat deposits are being stored in their skin; hence, their owners are having a hard time grooming them. When dogs lack proper grooming, there is a tendency to accumulate bacteria, dirt, or other elements that could cause harm to your dog’s skin. In the end, they develop rashes, skin ruptures, and infections.
4. Capacity to tolerate heat
With too much fat deposits accumulated in their skin, dogs are more inclined to problems concerning heat tolerance. This is because dogs find it hard to tolerate heat due to the build-up of fats in their body and skin and is why most obese dogs are prone to heat stroke especially during summer time.
5. Respiratory problems and other heart diseases
Like humans, obese dogs have also the tendency to develop respiratory problems and heart diseases. This is because the chest cavity is already covered with thick fat deposits. Hence, whenever the dog breathes, the lungs are having a hard time expanding, so does the heart. The problem starts when the heart and the lungs can no longer produce the right amount of oxygen and circulate it within the dog’s body.
6. Gastrointestinal problems
Obesity in dogs causes some problems in their intestines and pancreas. This problem results to inflamed pancreas, which, in reality, is very painful to the dogs and can also cause death among them.
7. Liver problems
Fats are harder to strain and this can pose a great problem to the dog’s liver. Hence, when the liver can no longer function well because of the fat deposits that accumulated in the area, liver problems may occur and may even cause the death of your dog.
These health problems are indeed life threatening. It depends upon the owner how to combat these problems in order to keep their dog healthy.
One of the greatest ways in solving weight problems is a strict exercise schedule. So, it is a must that owners create a healthy exercise schedule for their dogs. This can be done by taking them for at least one long walk, and couple of shorter ones, every day. Letting them play with their pals in a doggy park is also a good idea. Or, hire a dog-walker if you can afford it. They are not expensive anyway, and your best friend’s health is worth it.
And the best thing about exercising with your dog is, that not only does the dog get the chance to exercise, but so does the owner! So, it’s a double win-win.
Next is to create a healthy diet for your dog. Proper meals are extremely important for dogs, so that they can obtain the necessary nutrients they need in order to stay healthy. This should include the right combination of meat, fiber, vegetables, vitamins, and minerals.
Dog owners should always keep in mind that when their dogs are taking more fiber, (as in a cheap commercial foods) more water should be available, as to prevent constipation. You dog should have access to enough fresh water 24/7 anyway.
For healthier and happier dogs, give them the best love and care you can give plus a great exercise and dietary regimen. As they say, a healthy dog is a happy dog.