Obesity In Dogs: What Are The Causes And Treatments
Obesity in dogs likely means more health problems for our furry friends. Did you know that vets estimate nearly 50% of dogs in the UK are overweight?
As dogs get older, they are more likely to gain weight so it is important to know your dog's ideal shape and recognise any changes.
Unlike us hoomans, dog's can't choose to sneak a biscuit here and there or overindulge in their favourite food. We are totally in control of our dog's food and exercise so it is our responsibility to keep them at their healthiest.
Signs of Obesity In Dogs
The best way to tell if your dog is overweight is to simply look at them and feel them.
Run your hands along their sides and see if you can feel three ribs. If you can't, it is likely that they are overweight. Dogs should have a smooth, tucked in waist with no stomach bulge.
The Dangers Of Obesity In Dogs
Obesity in dogs makes them much more likely to encounter a range of health problems. These include:
- A reduced lifespan
- Urine incontinence (leaking urine)
- Back problems
- Cruciate ligament problems
- Breathing problems such as windpipe collapse and laryngeal collapse
- Breathing problems in flat faced breeds
Causes Obesity In Dogs
As you might suspect, the main cause of obesity in pets is from eating too much or not exercising enough.
There are, however, some diseases in dogs which can contribute to them being overweight and certain factors that make it more likely.
Female dogs and older dogs are likely to gain weight more easily whilst neutered dogs are also at a higher risk.
Treatment For Obesity In Dogs
Always consult your vet if you need advice on how much your dog should weigh. Cutting calorie intake is the best place to start.
We all love to treat our furry friends however treats should always be given in moderation. If your dog needs to lose weight, opt for low fat ones.
Fish treats are an especially great low fat treat - plus dogs find them delicious! Our Sprats For Dogs are a great training treat, are naturally low in fat and high in omega 3. Chicken Feet are also naturally very low in calories.
It is important not to be tempted to feed human food to your dogs. Your dog will likely then become a fussy eater and dogs can easily become overweight on human food.
Did you know that giving a sausage to a Staffie is the equivalent of giving a human one and a half chocolate bars? Don't give in to the puppy eyes and keep your dog in tip top shape.
Betty & Butch Low Fat Dog Food
Our low fat Turkey with Sweet Potato & Cranberry is completely grain-free. It has several health benefits for dogs who need to reduce their daily calorie intake.
- 50% Turkey – Rich in amino acids, vitamins & minerals turkey is a delicious source of low-fat protein that your pet will love!
- No added Grain – This recipe is designed to be suitable for those with grain intolerance/ sensitivity.
- Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulphate & MSM – To help promote joint repair and mobility in the ageing pet.
- Sweet Potato - An excellent alternative to grains, sweet potato is a complex carbohydrate high in B vitamins.
- Minimum 26% Freshly Prepared Turkey– A natural, traditionally sourced and highly digestible protein source.
- Added L-Carnitine – To help maintain a healthy weight and promote lean muscle development.
- Added Omega 3 Supplement- An excellent source of EPA & DHA to support cognitive function, visual development and help to reduce the inflammation response.