Is your dog’s obesity a problem? Does your dog carry around a little extra weight? Did you know that even just a little extra weight can cause your dog a whole slew of health concerns? Today here at Leesville Animal Hospital we want to take a look at why you should control your dog’s weight.
A few extra pounds for us humans can be a little concerning but ultimately, it’s no big deal for most of us. When it comes to our dogs however, a few extra pounds can very quickly lead to a wealth of additional health concerns and today we want to take a look at some of them.
Some of the problems that you can encounter due to your dog’s obesity are as follows:
– Reduced lifespan.
– Reduced quality of life.
– Decreased resistance to viral and bacterial infections.
– Increased skin problems.
– An increased risk of flatulence and constipation.
– Obese pregnant dogs have a harder time giving birth.
– An increased risk of complications during surgery and anesthesia.
– Reduced liver function.
– Intolerance to heat.
– Reduced stamina.
– Heart disease.
– Increased blood pressure.
– An increased risk of diabetes.
So the next time that you contemplate slipping your pup an extra cookie or even their favorite “people food,” consider the increased potential for health concerns that comes with your dog’s increased weight.
Is your dog already overweight? Make an appointment with us today and set out a plan of weight loss and healthy eating for your dog! Just give us a call at (919) 870-7000!