Have you noticed if your pooch has put on a few pounds recently? You are not alone. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found in their 2016 survey that 54% of dogs are either overweight or obese. If you cannot easily see and feel the ribs on your dog, your dog may be packing some extra pounds. Two extra pounds may not sound like much, but on a 10-pound dog, two pounds adds 20% more weight to wear! A 2014 study by the American Animal Hospital Association found that keeping your pooch in shape can add years to your dog’s life.
Oftentimes, too much food and a lack of activities are the reasons behind weight gain. In addition, some dog breeds have a tendency to gain weight, which is not healthy. If you suspect there may be a health issue with your pet, you should check with your veterinarian.