Is Your Dog’s Waistline Hidden Beneath Layers of Love?Those big brown puppy-dog eyes make it almost impossible to deny him the leftovers on your plate. Yet down this path lie hidden calories and slow but steady weight gain. Whatever the reason your best buddy is too ample round the midriff; it’s time to do something about it. Whilst calorie restriction is important, it’s not the full story. Indeed, there are strategies for weight loss that will enrich his life and reduce the less satisfying parts of dieting. Rather than tell you what NOT to do, we want to share some fun ways to help your dog lose weight.
The Motivational BitYou love your best buddy and want him around for a long time. For added motivation, let’s recap on how weight impacts on health and shortens life. Some consequences are more serious than others, but all are important.
- Panting: Extra weight compresses the chest making breathing harder, resulting in a pooch that pants.
- Skin Fold Infections: Those rolls of fat rub together creating skin infections.
- Arthritis: Carrying extra weight is like walking around wearing a backpack of bricks, and strains the joints.
- Heart Disease: Dogs don’t suffer from coronary artery disease in the same way people do, but their circulation is impacted and makes the heart work harder.
- Diabetes Mellitus: Being overweight is a proven risk factor for diabetes in dogs.
- Anesthetic Risk: Extra weight raises the risks linked to a general anesthetic.
- Lack of Energy: A plump pooch often lacks the energy to play, and potentially misses out on fun and all the health benefits that come with exercise.
- Life Expectancy: Being overweight reduces life expectancy. Indeed, a lifelong study of Labradors found that those who were overweight in their first year of life, died two years ahead of their slim counterparts.