In addition to all these factors, you must check the dog’s health. In general, this should be paragraph 1 on our list of recommendations. The smooth functioning of the pancreas, a sufficient amount of enzymes, the acidity of the gastric juice, the state of the gastrointestinal tract, thyroid gland and hormonal levels are very important.
There is excessive completeness associated with sterilization of the animal and an improperly selected diet, insufficient loads, the dog may begin to lose weight first, and then gain weight after a false pregnancy, weight can rapidly increase due to hormonal malfunctions and problems with the thyroid gland.
All this must be carefully checked. Sometimes, we can not choose the right food or diet for the needs of the pet. In this case, you should seek the help of a dietitian or a breeder, and look for the answers yourself incompetent articles and books on nutrition. To be able to correctly compose a diet or find your own food, focusing not on advertising, but on the needs of your pet.
Is the extra weight of dogs dangerous?
Of course, a lot depends on the breed, individual characteristics, and age of the animal. However, being overweight harms absolutely any dog!
A dog in normal condition has easily palpable ribs when applying a palm and lightly pressing when viewed from above, there is a pronounced waist, a tucked up stomach, wrinkles should not hang anywhere, taking into account the breed, the dog should have a good muscular relief.
When overweight: the ribs and vertebrae are not palpable, the waist is not visible and the dog’s body looks like a zucchini rather than a guitar, the rounded abdomen is lowered to or below the chest level, wrinkles form on the nape, and suspensions swaying on the chest and neck when walking.
What threatens overweight and obesity in a dog?
- An increase in the load on the joints and, as a result, diseases of the musculoskeletal system in the future.
- Endocrine system malfunction, predisposition to atherosclerosis and diabetes, increased cholesterol.
- Heart and blood vessel problems.
- Malfunction of the liver, fatty hepatosis.
- Violation of fat metabolism in tissues and skin.
- Decreased dog immunity.
- Increased risk of complications from surgery and anesthesia.
- Reducing the dog’s lifespan …
In conclusion, I want to say. Often, being overweight is hereditary – a genetic problem. And the Labrador will never resemble poglou.
However, eating habits, the culture of eating food and the necessary level of physical activity are laid by us. The dog will adapt to you and your lifestyle.
Take a more responsible approach to the choice of breed, taking into account your lifestyle, do not sit for a long time in the blank quarantine in four walls, spend more time with the puppy in the fresh air. Gradually accustom him to overcome all great distances. Do not overfeed it, while it grows and develops and should be a little thin, do not listen to the “experts” in the yard, terrified by the terrible thinness of your dog, trust only the opinion of a doctor, an expert on the breed and a breeder.
The habit of overeating, laid down in childhood, will remain with the dog for life. Carefully monitor and timely wean the puppy and adult dog from tapping at the table and picking up on the street. Wean from this habit and relatives! The dog should always move slightly hungry from the bowl. Recently, the problem of cultivating the image of overfed show dogs and “couch companions” in many originally working breeds have been growing recently, but this is a completely different story.