OBESITY - EXCESS
Obesity is an accumulation of excess fat in
the body as a result of an energy (calorie) intake which exceeds
Obesity tends to occur in the pet which is
less active physically whereas the active pet will tend to
discharge the excess.
Obesity is associated with shortened lifespan,
disease of the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, rheumatism and
arthritis. The overweight pet cannot tolerate warm weather,
is less able to exercise and will generally have less fun
than a lean, healthy pet.
How can you tell if your dog is overweight?
Many owners are surprised when they are told that their dog
is overweight. The easiest way to tell is by feeling the ribcage.
The ribs should be easily and clearly felt with little flesh
between the fingers when you pinch the skin.
Specialist or Veterinary diets for weight
control are usually high in fibre (cellulose which is indigestible
plant material) to reduce the digestibility of the food. These
foods are an expensive way of producing lots of faeces.
Burns High Oats Recipe, which is low in fat
and protein, can be helpful as a dietetic food. Oats have
a higher fibre than rice which means that the higher fibre
level is due to the food ingredients themselves rather than
Vegetables (cooked and raw) can safely
be included to help fill the dog if you think that is needed.
It is important to check the weight regularly to ensure that
the weight reduction programme is on course. It is better
to lose weight slowly than rapidly - 1/2 lb per week for a
small dog up to 2 lb a week for a large dog.
If your dog is overweight you are not getting