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Doggy Obesity

Did you know that over half of our canine companions are overweight or obese? That’s a lot of chubby pooches! We all know that dogs really, really love snacks, so it isn’t a surprise that so many pet parents try to pamper their pups with treats. However, if Fido becomes obese, he’ll be at risk of developing some very serious medical issues. A Pleasanton, CA vet discusses doggy obesity below.

Risks of Obesity

Those extra pounds carry many of the same consequences for pets as they do for people. Heart disease, diabetes, bone/joint issues, liver and kidney trouble, skin problems, respiratory issues, and reproductive trouble are just a few of the health risks pudgy pups face. Obese dogs are also at higher risk of developing certain cancers, and, overall, often have shorter lifespans.

Feeding Fido

As you may expect, your canine buddy’s diet plays a huge role in determining his weight. Even giving Fido ten calories too much each day can cause him to gain a pound a year. Offer your pooch a high-quality dog food, and pay attention to his serving sizes. You’ll be less likely to overfeed your furry pal if you know he’s eaten exactly the amount he should have.

Begging

Fido certainly has a reputation for being an expert beggar. Your pooch likely knows exactly what expression and tactics will tug your heartstrings, and get you to share your food with him. We know, it’s hard to resist that furry face. However, you aren’t doing your pet any favors by overfeeding him. If you really can’t resist, give your dog a carrot stick or a string bean, instead of that piece of bacon he really wants.

Fido’s Fitness Regimen

Just as with people, Fido’s exercise regimen will affect his weight. Dogs all have widely varied activity needs. Some pooches need as much as an hour of vigorous exercise a day. Others will be tired out after a short walk. That said, most pups need at least a daily stroll. It’s worth noting that not all exercises are suitable for every pet. Swimming, for example, is great for Retrievers, but isn’t safe for brachycephalic dogs, like pugs, because of their short nasal passages. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you know or suspect that your furry buddy is overweight? Do you have questions about feeding Fido? Call us, your Pleasanton, CA vet clinic, today!

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