This month, a survey undertaken for a major insurance company reported that 1.7 million dog owners have been told by vets that their pooches are obese.
Obesity in dogs is on the rise, and is reportedly so significant that vets and other pet care professionals are using slings to move heavy animals around when they treat or care for them.
Obesity in dogs can cause serious health problems which impact on the quality of life of your four-legged friend. The condition is linked to diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems, and some cancers. Some breeds, such as pugs, are more likely to be obese, with female dogs have a greater chance than males. According to the RSPCA, older animals are also more likely to become obese than young ones.
Dog owners report using meals and treats as ways to express their affection for their companion animals, and this, in part, is some of the reason for this ballooning of British pets’ waistlines. Worldwide, almost a quarter of pet-owners will overfeed their pets to keep them happy, while only 20% of owners measure out correct portions for their pets.
Helping your pet maintain a healthy weight is an important part of your responsibilities as a pet-owner. With regular exercise and a balanced diet, it is something that should be straightforward, but sometimes it is good to have a helping hand.
Our Canine Nutrition Diploma Course outlines how to identify obesity in dogs, how to respond to health problems associated with a bad diet, and how to ensure your pooch has all the nutrients she needs for a long and healthy life with you.