Causes of dog obesity: understanding the origin of the problem
Posted on October 18 2018
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 an overweight of 15% compared to the ideal weight of your companion.
Causes of obesity in dogs
There are two different categories at the origin of obesity.
Causes related to what your pet eats :
- An unrestricted or unbalanced diet
- Treats often high in fats or sugars (a biscuit given to a dog weighing 10 kg corresponds 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 his caloric needs
- Some breeds are more prone to obesity, such as Labrador, Cavalier 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 his weight gain
- Genetics (hereditary obesity)
- Behavior: anxiety and depression can lead to bulimia