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Overweight Dangers in Dogs

Being overweight is not only dangerous to humans, but it is also lethal to dogs as well. Extra layers of fat can interfere with the functioning of organs in a dog’s body. Your vet might want to put your dog on a weight reduction program if he notices any signs of overweight or obesity as diet and food play a prominent role in this health risk. With Slim Health Pet Food, your dog can eat the normal amount they normally eat, but they would actually lose weight from this.

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Symptoms of Overweight Dangers

Almost all dogs are different from each other in size and shape, and some of them are prone to gain weight. You can quickly determine if your dog is overweight by keeping a chart of average weight and height for a specific breed. Other than that, there are three ways to determine if your dog is obese or overweight. First is touch, second is the view from above, and the third is the view from the side.

When you touch the rib area, you should easily feel rib covered by a small layer of skin. If the ribs are hard to detect, then it is a sign that the dog has more fat than it should have. From above, the spine bones should not be visible, and you should be able to see the waistline, which should not be prominent. From the side, the abdomen should appear pulled up. This condition is called an abdominal tuck.

Health Issues

Your dog can have on or more health issues at any time in his life if he is overweight. Most of the mentioned issues can cause severe pain for your dog, and some can even lead to death. You might not know about obesity can take up to 2 years off the life of your dog. While the rest of life will be less in quality, and your dog might not be as active and healthy as he should be.

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Health Risks Involved

Here is the list of health risks involved in dogs because of being overweight or obese:

Arthritis
Back pain
Bladder stones
Cardiac disease
Decreased liver function
Decreased stamina
Diabetes Difficulty giving birth
Exercise intolerance
Flatulence Heat intolerance
High blood pressure
Increased risk of complications during surgery
Injuries to bones, joints, and ligaments
Intra-abdominal cancers
Lowered immune function
Respiratory disorders
Urinary tract infections

Carrying extra pounds takes its toll, and for your dog, it becomes hard to move and run. Overweight dogs are less likely to be involved in any activity and may refuse to exercise at all.

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We suggest switching to Slim Health Pet Food to help get your dog back to a healthy weight.

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    Disclaimer: This information is used on an average, the calculator does will take your to what it thinks your dogs weight/health currently is and is not always 100% accurate due to variations in different dog sizes. If you are worried about the weight of your dog either over or underweight it is always recommended to visit a vet.

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