Since almost half the dogs in Australia are overweight, there is a good chance you own at least one obese dog. And you most definitely know one or two. An overweight dog is more likely to develop several, serious health issues that will shorten your dog’s life. (Not to mention cost you thousands at the vet).
Overweight dogs are much more likely to develop diabetes and insulin resistance, just like people. Dogs who develop diabetes will have all the complications humans do and will require many trips to the vet. And Diabetes can then cause even further health issues, including cataracts, urinary tract problems, coma, amputated limbs and death.
Heart Disease & Hypertension
Being overweight puts a strain on the heart muscle, which has to work extra hard to keep the blood pumping. This causes hypertension – increased blood pressure – which can then lead to congestive heart failure and kidney failure.
All that extra weight puts your dog’s joints at even more risk for issues, including osteoarthritis. Couple that with the many breeds that are already predisposed for dysplasia and arthritis, and your poor dog doesn’t stand a chance. Many dogs end up being euthanized because they can no longer stand due to osteoarthritis complications.
It is believed that fat dogs are more likely to get many types of cancers. They are also more likely to develop lipomas – benign fatty tumors – that sometimes have to be removed for the comfort of your dog. Lipoma removal and/or cancer treatment can cost you thousands and of course, cancer most certainly means an early death.
Urinary Bladders Stones
There are many types of bladder stones that can be found in dogs. Some are more likely to occur in male or female dogs, or in certain breeds. However, all are more likely to occur if the dog is also overweight. Treatment can be lengthy and expensive. Bladder stones can cause a complete blockage of the bladder, which is a life threatening condition.
Fatty Liver Disease
Fat dogs often have fat livers – i.e. excessive fat in the liver cells, abnormal bile flow and deficient hepatic function. The good news is if your dog loses weight, the liver can resolve this issue on its own, most times. However, if your dog stays overweight, it can cause high amounts of fat to enter the bloodstream and can lead to liver failure
Other health issues that overweight dogs are more likely to have include: skin and coat issues, urinary bladder stones, higher heat stroke risk, increased risk during surgical procedures (including being more sensitive to anesthesia), and difficulty breathing.
Help Your Dog LIVE LONGER by SLIMMING down
The good news is that your dog CAN LOOSE WEIGHT AND THERFORE DECREASE THEIR RISK FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE HEALTH ISSUES! It just requires a bit of self-restraint on the part of their owner – YOU.
The best way to do it is to feed a high protein food so you dog feels full while eating less. New research shows that the secret to helping your dog lose weight is a high protein diet. Diets higher in protein than in carbs affect the microbial species in the gut and help dogs lose weight faster. Stay Loyal has 32% minimum protein content and a lower ratio of carbs to help your dog stay in his perfect body condition (which means being able to see or feel one or two ribs easily!). So once you switch your dog over to Stay Loyal, you can feed a whole lot less to not only loose the weight, but keep it off.
When a Person Who Sells Dog Food Says to Feed Your Dog Less… You Should Probably Listen!
Here is how to do it, if your dog is 25kg but should be 20kg, start by feeding him the portion amount for a 15kg dog. Because, remember, he needs to LOSE weight at this point. Small dogs are often overweight because it’s so easy to overfeed them. You have to remember that while it may not look like a lot of food, your tiny Chihuahua has a TINY stomach. Much smaller than yours! So, for example, if your 7kg little dog should really be 5kg, he needs to start out at just 40g of Stay Loyal a day to get trim again. It doesn’t sound like much food, however I assure you its more than enough for such a small dog.
This is where your self-control really needs to be at top form. While your dog is losing weight, you need to avoid the treats. They have a lot of empty calories, salt and even sugar. (Think of them as the potato chip of the dog world). Once your dog is trim again, treats should still only be less than 10% of their diet. If you are using reward-based training, use your dog’s daily portion of kibble as their reward. If treats are necessary for class, for example, reduce the amount of kibble they get that day to balance it out and to keep your dog from gaining that life-threatening weight.
Most people who decrease their dog’s weight can’t believe how much more energy their dog has and many mention how it’s like their dog is young again, so it’s worth doing.
Plus… you will reduce the chance of your dog having to go through one (or more!!) of these terrible health issues that could shorten their life with you. Instead, you will have a happy, healthy dog, with a full life ahead of him. And that’s what we all want for your dog. Check your dog’s condition now. Click here -> https://stayloyal.com.au/dog-condition-chart