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  THERE'S NOTHING WORSE THAN A FAT GREYHOUND!!!!!

 

I can so clearly remember those words being said to us when we took our first greyhound, but obesity can occur in any breed of dog and I hope this article will help in some way advising people that being over-weight can cause serious health problems.

With the festive season at an end I expect many of us have gained those few extra pounds and if we are sensible enough we will eat and exercise sensibly to remove them before we are forced to buy a size up in clothes. With our dogs who have had that extra bit of turkey and doggy stocking with treats, their weight seems to go un-noticed.

Obesity is defined as the excessive accumulation of body fat. Between 25 and 40 percent of dogs are considered obese or are likely to become obese through weight gain. Unfortunately this seems to be ignored until health problems arise due to excess feeding coupled with lack of exercise.

We all look at half starved cruelty cases with much sadness but allowing your dog to carry too much weight is just as cruel.

As in humans when you overload your organs health risks become serious and every dog owner should be aware of them. Listed below are just a few of the diseases associated with obesity:-

Diabetes is one of the most common and can result in blindness and often daily injections of insulin will be required.

Damage to joints, bones, arthritis, hip dysplasia and ligament damage especially the cruciate ligament, all resulting from too much weight on these parts of the body.

Heart disease, breathing difficulties, heat intolerance, decreased stamina sometimes leading to decreased quality and length of life.

The list is endless and all because of those extra little tit bits - some dogs like us humans can get away with it and don't seem to change shape at all but please please the next time those big brown eyes say 'can I please have a treat' think carefully first. In most cases your answer should be 'no and I'm doing this for your own good' and it will be absolutely true.

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TREATMENT OPTIONS

Lower your dog's daily caloric intake by changing the dog food product (there are several diets formulated for weight loss) or the amount fed daily. Maybe use a carrot or piece of apple as a treat instead of a biscuit.

Increase exercise activity. To enhance exercise a variety of toys are available or maybe join a dog club where there are various activities especially for dogs.

DO SEEK YOUR VETS ADVICE BEFORE GOING AHEAD WITH ANY FORM OF DIET OR INCREASED EXERCISE REGIME

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