Home > Blog > Consequences of obesity in dogs
DOGS

Consequences of obesity in dogs

Posted by bravectosouthafrica - 01 May 2018

Topics covered in this article:

Breathing and heart problems
Subclinical conditions
Quantity and quality of life
Arthritis
Digestive disorders
Heat intolerance
Decreased liver function

Dogs are our family members, which means sometimes we tend to spoil them. It’s important to remember that once in a while a treat is a spoil that’s allowed, but certainly not all the time. Excessive spoiling can lead to your dog becoming lazy and dependent on unhealthy foods. Dog obesity is a problem that can affect the long-term health of your dog and give it problems that can be easily avoided.

When dogs have excessive amounts of fat on their body, they are considered obese; this excessive fat is detrimental to an otherwise healthy animal. Obesity can lead to several other dangerous medical conditions in your dog. For example, an obese dog is more likely to develop a blood pressure disease or heart related problems or joint problems. A very obese pet can end up having congestive heart failure, but the most common problem arising from obesity in dogs is diabetes.

Some other diseases can also cause your dog to become obese. For example, if your pet is suffering from arthritis, its physical activity is limited due to the disease. So, due to a lack of proper exercise the dog can become obese.

Obesity in dogs, Consequences of obesity in dogs
Obesity in dogs, Consequences of obesity in dogs

What are some of the other consequences of obesity in dogs?

Obesity in dogs, Consequences of obesity in dogs

Breathing and heart problems

Because obesity makes the heart work harder, obese dogs can have more trouble breathing or worsen a pre-existing condition.

Obesity in dogs, Consequences of obesity in dogs

Subclinical conditions

Like people, overweight dogs are more prone to inflammation in the body, high cholesterol and high lipids. These problems can be brewing under the radar for years, without any symptoms. Which is why when dogs lose their excess weight, it can ward off chronic, often difficult to diagnose, conditions.

Obesity in dogs, Consequences of obesity in dogs

Quantity and quality of life

Did you know that obesity can take up to two years off the life of your dog? The quality of life for your dog is also lower. Carrying extra kilograms around can take its toll on your dog; overweight dogs take longer to get up and down, they get tired a lot faster and are less likely to play.

Obesity in dogs, Consequences of obesity in dogs

Arthritis

Extra weight puts extra pressure on a dog’s joints. Because of this, the cartilage in the joint deteriorates, which leads to arthritis. Pain medication will help control the pain of this, but weight loss will significantly help in making your dog healthier.

Obesity in dogs, Consequences of obesity in dogs

Digestive disorders

An overweight dog has an increased risk of continuously becoming constipated. Dogs carrying excessive weight might also have more problems with intestinal gas and flatulence, which can be painful for your dog (and you!)

Obesity in dogs, Consequences of obesity in dogs

Heat intolerance

If your dog is overweight in the heat of summer, the excess fat can make them extremely miserable, and much less capable of regulating their body temperatures.

Obesity in dogs, Consequences of obesity in dogs

Decreased liver function

The liver stores fat so when a dog is overweight, an increased amount of fat builds up in the liver. This is called hepatic lipidosis. This condition can result in decreased liver function.

Obesity in dogs, Consequences of obesity in dogs

Obesity can very easily creep up on your dog, so it’s important to encourage daily exercise and fun games for your dog to partake in. Life is all about balance and your dog’s life should be treated the same.
If you’re looking for a few ideas on exercise, have a look at our blog about dog-friendly hikes and walks you can enjoy with your furry best friend.

Consequences of
obesity in dogs

Read More

Leave a comment

Recent Posts

Cats
Flea Treatment for Cats – How Bravecto® Spot-On Protects Your Cat

Fighting fleas without the right flea treatment for cats can be a long-term challenge. Whether you have cats or dogs, the experience is the same and can be extremely frustrating...

DOGS
What Is Kennel Cough and How to Treat It?

Kennel cough is a very contagious infection of the upper respiratory tract caused by various viruses and bacteria. While it might sound like something your pet can catch only by...

%d bloggers like this: