5 Issues for an Overweight Pet and How to Help Fido Get Fit
It’s no secret that being overweight has serious consequences for your own health. What you might not realize is that dogs also suffer when their waistline is wider than their hips and shoulders. Keep reading for insight on the five most common health problems dogs experience due to chronic obesity and what you can do to help your dog get fit starting today.
1. Breathing problems
Dogs who are forced to carry around excess weight put additional strain on their heart and lungs.
2. Systemic inflammation
Systemic inflammation can cause detrimental health effects and make it difficult for your dog to ward off other health conditions, including reproductive and urinary disorders. The Journal of Nutrition links systemic inflammation to metabolic syndrome.
3. Intervertebral disc disease
Smaller dog breeds, especially those with a long midsection and elongated body such as dachshunds and corgis, are at a higher risk of severe disc extrusion that can lead to long-term mobility issues and may require surgical intervention.
4. Arthritis and hip dysplasia
Joint issues are common in overweight dogs. Large breeds, such as the labrador and boxer, are especially vulnerable. Hip dysplasia and arthritis are painful conditions that can lead to lameness. Boneo offers more about canine obesity and its effects on your dog’s mobility.
Not only do added pounds alter your dog’s quality of life, but they also may reduce their longevity by two years or more, according to the Cummings Veterinary Medicine Center at Tufts University.
While these health problems are dire, the vast majority of dogs will see a significant improvement in symptoms simply by losing a few pounds. But, unlike us, your dog can’t do it on his own. There are many things you can do to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle that will benefit both you and your pet.
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