The Internet is full of adorable dog memes and loves to sing the praises of all sorts of furry pals from dogs with weird bedhead to delightfully chunky pups. But the unfortunate truth is that just like humans, dogs can be susceptible to weight gain and all of the potential health problems that come along with it.

 

If you’re starting to wonder if your dog is in need of a healthier diet and exercise plan, our veterinarians at Normandale Veterinary Hospital are here to help. In this post, we’re breaking down the causes of overweight in dogs and sharing solutions to help your doggo stay healthy. Check out this post and then call to schedule a full workup from our Edina veterinary services.

What Causes Overweight Dogs?

Just like people, dogs need plenty of healthy exercise to keep in good shape. As time goes by, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and overlook the importance of regular exercise. And just as some people have genetics that make it a little harder to lose weight, certain dog breeds are also more susceptible to weight gain. However, the biggest reason for overweight dogs may be overfeeding.

Weight Gain and Health

It’s true that extra chunky dogs can be pretty darned cute, but what isn’t cute is how much stress that weight can put on their bodies. Like humans, dogs with overweight issues are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, breathing troubling, and even cancer.

 

Signs your dog is overweight:

 

●        His waist is not clearly defined or distinct from his chest

●        He walks slower than he used to.

●        You can’t feel his ribs underneath is extra padding.

●        He naps frequently.

●        He has trouble breathing when he’s walking fast.

Turning Your Pet’s Health Around

If you’ve decided your dog is in need of some healthier habits, don’t worry! There are a number of steps you can take to improve her health. First, commit to getting her plenty of exercise, since regular exercise is just as important for her mental health as it is for her physical health. Keep your pet on an exercise schedule if possible so she has something to look forward to each day. Additionally, feed your pets in scheduled meals rather than leaving food available throughout the day. That way, you can know exactly how much food you’re giving her since dogs can’t always tell when they’ve had enough to eat. And whatever you do, make sure no one in the family is continuing to sneak her snacks under the table!

Schedule Your Edina Veterinarian Care

Are you concerned about your pup’s weight? Our veterinarians can recommend a diet that’s safe and healthy for her needs and conduct regular office check-ins to monitor her progress. To schedule your appointment, call us at 952-831-8272 or send a message to on our contact page. We can’t wait to hear from you!