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Addressing the pudgy pup in the room

14 December 2020

 

Bigger is not always better. That’s why we and our partner in care, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, will lead your pudgy pup back to health after their festive feasting.

Why dog obesity is dangerous

According to Hill’s Pet Nutrition, obesity is a massive problem as it compromises the health of pets. The leader in pet nutrition points out that overweight animals live shorter lives and as little as 20% extra body weight can increase the risk of serious health conditions.

Your plump pooch could experience the following problems:

  • Arthritis
  • Urinary conditions
  • Skin problems
  • Heart disease
  • Breathing problems
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes

Overweight animals often also struggle to stay active as their weight can put a strain on their joints and organs. That might be the reason for big Bruno’s lack of interest in a game of fetch or a walk around the block.

How do you know your boy’s not just big-boned?

If you’re not sure about your dog’s weight, it’s wise to consult a qualified vet. If you’re between vet visits and want to monitor your pup’s weight at home, you can place your hand on their side – if their ribs are difficult (or even impossible) to feel, your pup is likely overweight.

How to get your chubby pup back into shape:

1. Stick to a healthy diet

Just like humans, animals are what they eat. Your dog’s diet directly affects their overall wellness. “Balanced nutrition is an essential part of an active, healthy lifestyle”, says Hill’s.

Hill’s recommends feeding your overweight pup their Metabolic food range to get back into shape. The prescription diet uses nutrigenomics to help your dog’s metabolism burn fat rather than store it – helping them shake the extra weight off faster.

2. Get up and go!

According to The American Kennel Club, for an obese dog, it’s best to start slow and increase exercise over time once he starts losing weight. Make sure that you aren’t pushing your pooch too hard, especially if he has a medical condition.

Ask your vet for workout suggestions and advice. A daily walk around the block or a quick game of fetch might just do the trick. Just remember to not give in to their puppy dog eyes when they beg for a treat after their workout.

3. Go for regular vet check-ups

Vets suggest that overweight pets go for regular check-ups. That way health risks can be detected early on and future illnesses can be prevented. Make sure your hefty hound is protected with pet insurance!

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