Signs of Obesity in Dogs

Signs to look out for obesity in dogs.

Being with our dogs everyday, we might not notice them getting fatter or the other physical changes they go through. it’s important to watch their diet and prevent them from getting fat because obesity can lead to other ailments.

We’ve listed some signs to watch out for and how to manage obesity in dogs:

…There is no uniformly-accepted medical way to measure whether a dog is or isn’t obese. Most veterinarians and owners assess their dog’s weight on a “look and feel” basis. Dogs are considered to be at their ideal weight if their ribs are easy to feel as individual solid structures without using very much pressure, and if their chest, abdomen and hips form a well-defined, waist-like “hourglass” shape when viewed from above.

Other signs of obesity include:

  • A “waddling” gait (rolling from side to side when moving)
  • Lethargy
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Difficulty breathing (respiratory distress; dyspnea; increased respiratory effort)
  • Noisy breathing (sterdor; stridor; wheezing; crackles)

The best way to manage obesity is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Assuming that there is no underlying medical condition causing the weight problem, most obese dogs can be treated by reducing the amount of calories that they are eating and/or increasing the amount of exercise that they receive.

They should be fed a high-quality, palatable diet that is not too high in fat. One option to limit their caloric intake is to reduce the amount of their normal food, or switch to either a low-calorie or a less-flavorful food.

Feeding frequent small meals usually keeps a dog feeling more full than one large daily meal. Most experts recommend that table scraps and “people food” be avoided, because they usually contain a lot of calories and fat.

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