Recognizing the warning signs your dog may be overweight will help you figure out if Fido is healthy or if you need an intervention.
The battle of the bulge is real and it’s not just a human problem. In 2018, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that an estimated 56 percent of dogs in the United States were overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese creates as many health concerns and quality of life issues for dogs as it does that of the people who care for them.
While a chubby dog can be cute and adorable (maybe), we should not ignore the warning signs that your dog is overweight or dismiss the associated health risks and concerns. Dogs with weight issues can experience the same health problems as their humans – including kidney disease, cancer, canine diabetes and high blood pressure – to name a few.
The following list will help you figure out of Fido is healthy – or if you should plan an intervention and up your workout game.