Being overweight or obese can increase a dog’s susceptibility to a variety of health issues that can have a significant impact on a dog’s health and wellbeing. Studies have shown that dogs whose food intake has been controlled throughout their lives are more likely to have a longer lifespan than their obese or overweight counterparts. Here are some conditions that dogs carrying excess weight can suffer from:
The extra weight can put more pressure on the weight-supporting bones and joints of the body, increasing their rate of wear and tear, which can eventually lead to degeneration of the joint cartilage and painful arthritis.
Dogs carrying excess weight have a layer of fat deposited within their chest region; this can make breathing difficult for them.
Symptoms of heart or kidney disease and diabetes mellitus are more difficult to manage with medication when given in obese or overweight dogs. More Animal Care tips here.