Your dog's likelihood of obesity
For example, female dogs are more predisposed to weight gain, while obesity is twice as likely in neutered rather than unneutered dogs. Behavioural problems around food and your own feeding behaviour also have a significant impact on your dog's weight.
The risks of obesity in dogs
Why does obesity in dogs cause these problems?
As your dog is carrying around more weight, it becomes increasingly difficult for them to move; their joints begin to suffer because they're not built to carry excess weight. Eventually, this can result in a vicious cycle where a dog doesn't want to exercise because it's uncomfortable but continues to eat the same diet and therefore gains weight, further decreasing their desire to move.
How to help your overweight dog
By helping them begin to lose weight, you'll start to see your dog return to a healthier and more active lifestyle – as well as give them the chance of a longer life. Start by asking your veterinarian for a consultation, as they'll be more than happy to help.