Is Your Dog Fat?

Fat Beagle, 3 years old, sitting against white background

America’s widespread obesity problem has taken its toll on our canine and feline pets. A survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found out that a staggering 58% of cats and 53% of dogs are overweight.

In order to help their furry friends, many owners have started hiring dog joggers or taking their pets to dog swimming pools. Also, they talk to experts who prescribe low-calorie diets and give advice on exercise.

Dr. Jonathan Block, a vet at Water4Dogs, says more and more dogs are obese, and advises owners to take them swimming twice a week until their ideal weight is reached, reports NY Daily News.

“Most dogs that I see need to lose 10 pounds, which could take place safely over a three- to six-month period. Swimming and hydrotherapy is such a good exercise for them, because it has the added perk of not contributing to orthopedic disorders like arthritis.”

Apart from bone disease, fat dogs can suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and breathing problems.

In addition to a healthy diet, dogs should engage in physical activity at least 30 minutes each day.

Some of the indicators that your pet is fat include a sagging tummy and sausage shape at the waist when they are standing up, as well as being unable to feel their ribs when you gently probe them.

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