Don't underestimate your dog's overweight
Did you know that 1 in 3 pets in the UK are overweight or obese?* Most of us do not realize that our dog is overweight, as the weight builds up over time, so it is easy to ignore. Even if this happens right in front of you, a few pounds gained over a long period of time may not be immediately noticeable. However, this condition can contribute to some really serious health problems.
Even if you notice your dog gaining only a few pounds, you may not be aware of how much it can affect his health. Even if your dog is only 20% heavier than normal, it can cause serious health problems such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, urinary tract stones or heart disease.
Your dog may look good to you, but the ideal weight will vary with size and breed. Your veterinarian will tell you what your dog's ideal weight is. Between health checks, you can assess whether your dog is maintaining a healthy weight. Put your hand on its side and if it is difficult or impossible to feel the ribs, there is a good chance your dog is overweight.
In addition, being overweight can have negative effects on your dog's overall health, happiness and quality of life, as well as significantly shortening life expectancy compared to pets with a healthy weight.
Here are other signs of obesity you might notice:
Significant waist loss
Collar needs loosening
Shortness of breath
sleep more than ever