To avoid unwanted weight gain and dangerous to the health of your animal, it must have a healthy lifestyle.
Obesity is an increasingly common disease in our pets. It is defined by overweight of 15% compared to the ideal weight of your companion.
➥Causes of obesity in dogs
There are two different categories that cause obesity:
Causes related to what your pet eats:
➧An unlimited or unbalanced diet.
➧Treats often high in fats or sugars (a biscuit given to a dog weighing 10 kg is for a man to eat a hamburger).
Causes unrelated to your dog’s diet:
➧A low or no sports activity
➧Sterilization: the energy expenditure is less important in a male or female operated dog than in a “whole” animal.
➧Females are at greater risk of obesity.
➧Age: the older a dog gets, the lower its caloric needs.
➧Some breeds are more prone to obesity, such as Labrador, Knight King Charles, Cockers, Colleys, Dachshunds, Beagles, Terriers, etc.
➧A hormonal disease such as diabetes or hypothyroidism: some medications can promote your dog’s appetite and therefore its weight gain
➧Genetics (hereditary obesity).
➧Behavior: Anxiety and depression can lead to bulimia.