According to PDSA, one of Britain’s biggest pet charities, over a third of all dogs in Britain are obese. Why there are so many dogs that are obese?
Quite simple, the number one reason why dogs gain weight is exactly the same as for humans – dog owners supply their dogs with way too much energy that comes in a form of calories and they don’t give their dogs an opportunity to exercise enough. As a result of excessive caloric intake and as a result of lack of exercise dogs gain weight.
In addition to excessive caloric intake and lack of exercise, there are two other main factors that contribute to obesity in dogs.
1) Breed: Certain dog breeds are more prone to putting on excess weight. Cocker spaniels, Labradors, Golden retrievers, Basset hounds and Shetland sheepdogs are known to put on weight more easily than other breeds.
2) Age: Age can also contribute to weight problems. Older dogs are not as active as their younger counterparts and they can’t burn as much energy as they once did. If you, as a dog owner, won’t make adjustments to your dog’s diet as your dog gets older and if you will keep giving your dog the same amount of food all the time, it is very likely that your dog will put on weight.
So how do you know if your dog is overweight?
To figure out whether your dog is overweight you don’t need any complicated equipment. What you want to do is to keep things basic. You want to make sure that you can see and feel the outline of the dog’s ribs without excess fat covering them. In addition to this you want to see and feel dog’s waist. Finally, have a look at your dog from the side and see whether his belly is tucked up or not. If you can see that your dog is having difficulties tucking in his belly, if you can’t feel and see his ribs, then the chances are pretty high that your dog is overweight.
Now, it is important to point out that there is a big difference between an overweight dog and obese dog, but no matter what you want to take action immediately if you notice that your dog started carrying excess weight, because excess weight can cause a lot of health problems for your dog:
- Obesity in dogs can lead to the development of diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes)
- Excess weight can cause damage to joints, bones and ligaments.
- Obesity in dogs can increase the risk of heart disease and increase in blood pressure.
- Overweight dogs might have difficulty breathing.
- Overweight dogs have reduced stamina.
- Obesity in dogs causes digestive disorders.
- Obesity in dogs can cause skin and hair coat problems.
- Finally, obesity increases the risk of cancer.
So what can you do if your dog is overweight?
First of all you want to make sure that your dog is active. By keeping your dog active you will make sure that every day your dog uses up the energy that he gets from the foods that he eats. By keeping your dog active you will force your dog to use up the energy that he gets from the foods that he eats and by doing so you will improve weight loss.
In addition to keeping your dog active, you also want to make sure that you don’t overfeed your dog, particularly nowadays when there are so many different foods to choose from. Quite a lot of dog owners, out of their love for their dogs, give their dogs way too much. They give them human foods, dog food and on top of that they give them all kinds of dog treats, without realizing that they feed their dogs way too much.
Finally, in addition to increasing your dog’s activity levels and making sure that you don’t over feed your dog, you should also start supplementing your dog’s diet with a weight management supplement such as Slimmin’ Tonic.
By supplementing your dogs diet with Slimmin’ Tonic your dog will be able to burn more fat, because Slimmin’ Tonic contains a range of active ingredients that reduce the size of fat cells and increase the rate at which your dog’s body burns fat cells.
In addition to this, Slimmin’ Tonic will help you to reduce your dog’s appetite. Natural fibres in Slimmin’ Tonic absorb water in the dog’s stomach. These then expand a huge amount, making the dog feel fuller, thereby increasing the feeling of fullness and reducing appetite. A reduction in appetite means that your dog will eat less, giving your dog less calories. Your dog will therefore have to burn their body fat in order to obtain their energy requirement.
Finally, Slimmin Tonic will aid in muscle building. Adding muscle to your dog has two major benefits. Firstly, by building muscle your dog will be able to exercise more and therefore burn more calories and fat. Secondly, the more muscle that your dog has, the higher the energy requirement to make the muscle function. This means that with more muscle your dog will burn more fat/ calories.
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