Obesity is a nutritional disease that is usually defined as overweight. Excess of body fat in obese dogs is due to over nourishment and less ability to exercise. Also, some dogs have a tendency to retain weight are the most at risk for becoming obese. Obesity is one of the common dog diseases which has adverse health effects. Obesity can cause a reduction in lifespan. It usually occurs in middle-aged dogs and generally in those dogs who are between the ages of 5 and 10. Also, indoor dogs tend to have a higher risk of becoming obese.
Check out the infographic by Big Pet Project which shows the causes and diagnosis for obese dogs:
1) Obese dogs mostly have an imbalance between energy intake and its usage.
2) Unhealthy eating habits, such as high-calorie foods, an alternating diet.
3) Other common causes include:- frequent treats, hypothyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, and neutering.
1) It is diagnosed by measuring the dog’s body weight.
2) By scoring a dog’s body condition, which involves assessing its body composition.