It has been estimated that almost 50% of dogs in our country are obese. This is a startling number thinking about the fact that we love dogs and don’t want these pet owners to have any health issues. But why is this number showing up? It has been researched and discovered that dogs that maintain their ideal weight reside 15% longer than those that are obese. In reality, if the obesity problem is not solved in dogs it will shorten the lives of these furry companions.
There are particular dog owners who recognize the fact that their furry companions are a bit heavy but they don’t fully recognize that their doggy is obese. When a vet suggests a dog owner to make his Fido lose 5 pounds. It often goes from one ear to another without really taking things seriously.
Did you know that:
5 extra lbs. On a 12 lbs. Shih Tzu is like 58 extra lbs. On a 140 lbs. Woman (This is 42% more weight of the dog compared to the ideal weight!)
5 extra lbs. On a 25 lbs. Beagle is like 28 extra lbs. On a 140 pounds. Woman (This is 20% more weight of the dog compared to the perfect weight!)
On a 70 pounds. On a 140 pounds. Woman (This is approximately 7 percent more weight weight of the dog than the ideal weight!)
One prime reason for obesity in dogs is overfeeding. It is as if you are pampering your furry pal for being great. But frequent and overfeeding is damaging for the dog’s health as it contains a great deal of excessive calories that will need to be burned otherwise it could result in diseases. So, in order to avoid this, follow these steps given below:
Realize your pooch is obese (Because knowing the problem is half the problem solved.)
Consult with your veterinarian and ask them to run complete body checkup of your pooch. It’s necessary to learn how obese your dog is and also know how many calories will need to be fed into the furry pal.
There are wide array of options available on the market to choose from. Ask your veterinarian and then choose the food that maintains lean body mass and strength in the dog.
Stick to a strict exercise regime for your doggy on a daily basis.
Note down the weight of your furry pal initially and then track it after regular interval.