Many countries has been dealing with the increasing problem of increasing weight. As technology advances, physical activity seems to take a backseat. The advent of computers, more office jobs, popularity of fast food and the ever-growing interest in television and spectator sports have given the population more reason to sit down and stay inside. Inactivity in our lives also has begun affecting our pets.
Obesity in dogs is a very serious matter and can lead to a number of compromising medical problems. Overweight dogs face a higher risk of complications during surgery, are more prone to injury and experience more stress on their heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. Arthritis can also be another painful accompaniment brought on by the additional poundage.
As an owner, you have accepted the responsibility of keeping your dog healthy and happy. Slipping your dog treats throughout the day may make them happy for the time being. However, it’ll add up in the long run, and your lethargic little lapdog will be struggling just to get onto the couch. Any owner can control their pet’s weight by realizing that food is not a substitute for attention or a cure for guilt. Be firm with your pets in this aspect, or they will challenge your authority on all fronts. Owners should also be willing to devote time to play or to enjoy a brisk jog with their dog. If this isn’t possible, supervise them while they get out and run around the yard.
You may be wondering what you can do if things have progressed to the point of obesity or are gradually on the way there. Here are 9 tips to keep in mind.
With this information in mind, you can easily make adjustments to your dog’s exercise and diet.