When it comes to gaining weight, we might not think a few extra pounds is that big of a deal, but it could be a huge problem for our pets, in terms of obesity. Think of it this way, while a mere three added pounds shouldn’t make that much of a difference for the average person, for a small dog, this could represent 10, 20 or even 30% of their body overall weight.
Compare that to an average person and it could easily add up to as much as 30 pounds of extra weight instead of just a mere 48 ounces in that same human body. Given these proportions, it should give you a reason to view your dog’s body weight from this different perspective.
Obesity is a REAL problem for our pets!
Just like any typical canine’s human counterpart, packing on these extra pounds is often the result of a poor diet, a lack of daily exercise and diminishing activity levels or a combination of these. Weight gain could potentially be due to an undiagnosed, underlying medical condition or possible health issue. If you seem to be doing everything correctly to keep them on track physically and they’re still tipping the scales, there could be something else going on with them. Please check with your veterinarian if this is the case.
Striking similarities to us humans
For yet another comparable condition with our canines, obesity or being overweight carries the same types of a myriad of different health risks, as it does for humans. Being plump or portly often leads to the early onset of arthritis, diabetes, increased blood pressure, heart problems, circulations issues and a myriad of other medical complications. Any or all of these could also lead to an early demise for your and/or your dog.
The biggest culprit
Many veterinarians will point to one of the biggest violators that leads to an animal’s expanding waistlines as the inclusion of sugary human foods into their diet, especially table scraps. Those adorable big brown “puppy dog” eyes may foil us into caving into these canines’ requests for a snack from the table. But, don’t give in … too much! At Dee-O-Gee we do believe that a variety of things in your dog’s bowl can lead to a healthier gut … table scraps consisting of vegetables and protein are great, just don’t load up their bowl with your sugary dessert!
Reading the labels
We’ve all learned to examine the labels found on our pet’s daily food intake, but sometimes we forget about other things that go into their mouth like treats and supplements. That’s one of the many reasons we only carry a certain number of exclusive brands that are dedicated to only supplying the best when it comes to our pet’s nutritional needs in all of these forms.
Exercise and activity levels
Hopefully, your dog’s daily exercise routine usually contains a regular walk given a certain distance and pace that takes their age and other important factors into consideration. But remember that this isn’t the only way they could, should and would be active during the day. Playing with them, whether it’s a hearty game of fetch, tug-of-war, hide-and-seek other playful activities, these all “count” when it comes to avoiding obesity and keeping them slim and trim.
Always, always, always check with your pet’s veterinarian before changing any part of your dog’s daily diet or exercise routine. While this statement should “go without saying,” it’s still an important disclaimer and a valuable piece of advice that needs to be followed.