Obesity in dogs

Labrador dog

Obesity in dogs is an increasingly serious problem in United Kingdom and results from bad eating habits. Overprotective owners, unfortunately, lead their dogs to obesity, which is really harmful to health of animals. In addition, there is often a lack of physical activity that we should guarantee to our dogs.
For the health of your dogs, you must fight the harmful habits that promote obesity.


Obesity in dogs is causes by similar factors as in humans. It might be because lack of movement, excessive feeding (too large, unmeasured food rations, too frequent feeding), feeding the pet with the wrong food (eg dog or cats after castration it is better to feed with a special, less caloric food), not paying attention to the amount the amount of calories fed to the dog during the day (eg not counting the amount of calories from dog cookies in the whole daily diet, or even the number of calories), poor balancing of meals and feeding too much fats in the feed (this applies mainly to dog which eats homemade meals), feeding leftovers from the table, letting the dog eat the found trash and trash. Unfortunately, sterilization / castration is also an important factor that promotes obesity in dogs. The main cause of obesity are here hormonal changes that significantly change the body’s metabolism. It is also worth knowing that boxers, bull terriers, dachshunds, Labradors and spaniels are the leaders in obesity. Of course, also other breeds and mix breeds can be obese if we overfeed them.

Running dog


Being overweight is as dangerous for dogs as for humans! Obese dogs need to go through a slimming treatment as soon as possible. The greater mass of his body will cause joint injuries and lameness, spinal injuries, unwillingness to run and play. Obesity also causes problems with the heart and blood system, respiratory failure, indigestion and many other diseases. Obesity in your dog can not be underestimated! Therefore, an appropriate healthy feeding plan should be developed. It is worth to consult a veterinary surgeon or other specialist who knows the proper nutrition of dogs. It is very important to choose the right amount of food so that it is suitable for age, sex, health, size (breed) and physical activity of the pet. However, for the diet to bring a good result, it must also be combined with the right amount of physical activity of the pet.


In the assessment of your dog’ body, it is best to consult a veterinarian. It should be noted that the body structure of these animals is influenced by many different factors, such as: breed and its usefulness (breed’s standard in terms of appearance and body weight), sex and age, physical condition and diseases, and litter size of a female (maybe project on a smaller mass at her puppies). And how to check if your pet is overweight or obese? Well, depending on the factors mentioned above affecting the structure and weight of dogs and their nutrition, each dog has an individually different fat content. First of all, however, you should know how much your pet should weight, and this is best to ask the vet or if it is a pedigree, check it in the pattern of the breed. To check the possible accumulation of fat, you can also touch the ribs of the dog, which should normally be easily felt. Then look at the pet from above, while just behind the rib arch the perimeter of the torso should be narrower (too-collapsed lumbar pits mean malnutrition, while invisible or even convex ones mean overweight or obesity). Other signs of excessive fat cover in dogs are folds of fat around the base of the tail and shoulders, and sagging and stuffed abdomen.