Dealing with Dog Obesity

August 12, 2018

Dealing with Dog Obesity

This may come as a surprise but the obesity epidemic affects our canine friends almost as much as it affects human beings. Obesity means having excessive body fat that presents a risk to health.

In 2017, a survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention revealed that 56% of dogs in the US were classified as clinically overweight or obese. Obesity may lead to numerous health problems, such as hip dysplasia, diabetes, heart disease and cancers of all types.

How do I know if my dog is obese?

Owners who see their dogs all the time may fail to notice their pets’ gradual change in weight. This can be particularly difficult if you have a long-coated breed. Your vet and veterinary health care team can assist with an assessment. They use a rating system called the Body Condition Score to determine whether a dog is in the “danger zone.” Typically, dogs are said to be at their ideal weight if their ribs are easy to feel as individual solid forms.

What can I do?

Once you have determined that your pooch is obese, find out how much weight he needs to lose, and adjust his meals specifically for weight loss. Commercial dog foods have feeding recommendations for dogs of different sizes right on the bag. Read the instructions on your dog’s food to find out the recommended amount, and stick to it. Don’t guess. Don’t eyeball it.

Increasing your pet’s physical activity is equally important for successful treatment. A common mistake among pet owners that put their dogs on a weight loss program is to jump into an intensive exercise program that the dog is incapable of handling. Consult your vet on what types of activities are best for your pet’s breed, age, gender, and current physical abilities. Additionally, Dr. Ernie Ward of APOP has some great tips for walking your pooch.

 

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cindy
cindy
November 16, 2015 4:30 pm

cute photos you have posted but some of them are not teddy bear puppies

Gerardo
Gerardo
March 1, 2016 12:29 am

How much for each dog

Julie
Julie
May 25, 2016 10:41 pm

Love teacups…I am a first time owner. Thinking mix of maltese and shitzu…but not sure what to look for to make sure it is in good health. A breeder contacted me and had what I am looking for…but she said it was the runt…and will be tiny.

Your website impressed me…please contact me. How much too…curious on price.

Susan Murray
Susan Murray
June 30, 2016 10:57 am

So adorable! Do you have any available?

Rochelle jordan
August 30, 2016 5:09 am

Hello want buy look teddy bears picture send email xxxxxxxxxxx thank u

Connie Carrigg
November 23, 2015 12:18 am

I am interested in a teddy bear dog, I live in Barrie,Ont. Where can I find one in Ontario? How much do these dogs cost?I want a pup from a good breeder! i want a happy pup with no health issues,de-wormed,first shots and at least eight weeks with Mom. I read this is the right time to adopt!

Serious,
Connie RN,

Shamika
Shamika
December 1, 2015 2:28 am

I’m looking to bye a Teddy bear puppy for Christmas

Mariana Darida
Mariana Darida
December 23, 2015 11:58 am

Can you please let us know where are you located I am very interested to have one of your puppies .I prefer a female. Please let us know .
We live in Chicago .

Mary Battle
Mary Battle
December 29, 2015 5:25 am

I am interested in a teddy bear puppy, I’d like some information and prices.

Dolores
Dolores
January 11, 2016 6:54 pm

I live in Englewood fl where can I get one