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Obesity and The Effects It Can Have On Your Dog

By madwire. | Dog Info Cool Dog Products

An extremely high percent of Americans suffer from obesity. We all know the effects obesity can have on our bodies.

From heart disease to cancer, Dog Toy and Safetyobesity in humans has been linked to a number of deadly diseases.

But what does obesity have to do with your dog?

Just as your weight and obesity directly affect your overall health, they also directly affect the health of your pup. Many pet owners do not take things seriously when they hear from the vet that their dog is overweight, however, this is something every pet owner should take very seriously as this can take a toll on your dog's health. Don't think the effects of obesity are as impactful on dogs? Well, we beg to differ.

Breathing & Heart Problems

Just as an obese human would have trouble breathing and likely develop heart problems, an obese dog also experiences these health complications. Obese dogs can have difficulty breathing and it causes their hearts to work harder than they should have to. Obese dogs are also prone to developing other chronic diseases and generally have a shorter, less fulfilling lives.


Obese dogs are prone to developing arthritis at an earlier age. Arthritis is very painful and can make it difficult for a dog to move around like they want to. If your dog is overweight, even a small amount of weight loss can help improve his mobility and reduce pain.

Intervertebral Disk Disease

Intervertebral Disk Disease is a very sad disease that can eventually leave your pup completely paralyzed. According to PetMD, this is a condition where "the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column either bulge or burst into the spinal cord space." Although this disease is more common in long-backed dogs, any dog can develop this condition. Obese dogs have a significantly greater risk of developing this disease. Next time you are trying to find an excuse why you shouldn't go on that hike, think about how important it is to keep your pup at a healthy weight. So, grab one of you car seat covers for dogs, hop in the car and make your way over to you and your pup's favorite running trail.


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