Dog Obesity

2014-11-13

Dog obesity is one of the fastest growing health problems for dogs today. Some breeds are more prone to excessive weight gain due to genetics, body type, or as a result of other common ailments. If your dog is one of the breeds on this list, take extra care to watch its weight.

  1. BEAGLE
  2. BULLDOG
  3. BOXER
  4. DACHSHUND
  5. GERMAN SHEPHERD
  6. GOLDEN RETRIEVER
  7. LABRADOR RETRIEVER
  8. NEWFOUNDLAND
  9. PUG
  10. ROTTWEILER

According to the CDC approximately one-third of adults in the United States are obese and the trend towards obesity appears to be worsening. Veterinarians are noticing a corresponding increase in the prevalence of dog obesity. Just as in people, obesity in dogs is associated with various health problems such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, osteoarthritis, cardiopulmonary disease, hypertension and various types of neoplasia such as mammary cancer and transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. These dog health conditions associated with dog obesity negatively impact the quality of life and longevity for our overweight canine companions and dramatically increase the cost of their veterinary care.

To avoid the pet obesity problem, you really need to watch out the treat you feed to your dogs, as those tiny snacks can add up in the calorie department easily if you treat them with wrong food.

Treats should not equal more than 20 percent of your dog's daily calories. And please only treat you dog with healthy treat with low fat content, such as dehydrated jerky or tendon.