Many pet parents admit that they don’t pay too much attention to their dog’s weight. The lack of knowledge regarding obesity in dogs can result in serious long term and lifelong effects. In fact, neglecting to help your dog maintain a healthy weight can cause major health issues as well as reduce a dog’s lifespan.
What causes obesity in dogs?
Obesity in dogs can be linked to a few different factors and health conditions. Extra weight in dogs is often caused by over-consumption or eating too much. If what a dog is eating is not in proper balance with the amount of energy he expends, then the likely result is weight gain. Furthermore, if a dog regularly consumes a diet that is high in calories or an overabundance of table scraps or treats, that will also cause obesity. Obesity has also been linked to health issues such as pancreatic cancer, hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease. [Read more…] about Obesity in Dogs